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Uncomfortable Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swollen feet during pregnancy are often a nuisance for most women. Larger shoes may need to be purchased, and they can produce a general feeling of discomfort. Knowing swollen feet will gradually dissipate may help to ease thoughts about the tenderness that is often associated with this condition. There are various reasons why feet can become swollen during this time. These can include the extra fluid and thicker blood the body produces to support the growing fetus, in addition to hormone changes that can affect circulation. This can cause the blood to collect in the legs, and mild relief may come from frequently propping them up. It may also help to reduce the amount of time standing and walking during the day. Additionally, limiting sodium intake and sleeping on the left side may be beneficial in reducing the amount of swelling in the ankles. If you have questions about your swollen feet during this time in your life, please ask a podiatrist who can help you with your concerns.

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 Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor 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 Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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