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How Pregnancy Affects Your Feet and Ankles

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Pregnancy is a transformative journey, both physically and emotionally. While the focus is often on the growing belly and changing hormones, the feet and ankles quietly bear the burden of these changes also. Swollen feet and ankles, a common pregnancy woe, occur due to increased blood volume and pressure on veins, causing fluid retention. This can lead to discomfort and sometimes pain. Additionally, hormonal shifts can affect ligaments, making them more relaxed and prone to injury. As pregnancy progresses, the arches of the feet may flatten, leading to fallen arches or flat feet. These changes can persist even after childbirth. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate these issues, such as wearing comfortable, supportive shoes, elevating the feet when possible, and staying hydrated. Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, and it is essential to remember that taking care of your feet and ankles is an integral part of the process. If you would like more information about proper foot care during pregnancy, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful tips.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Yakima and Ellensburg, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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