Although pregnancy may change your everyday habits and general lifestyle, it’s important to stay active. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends “at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity” during your pregnancy, which can reap various benefits. They include reduced pain, relief from constipation, reduced fatigue, and more. Avoid contact sports however and stick to exercises such as walking, swimming, cycling, and prenatal yoga.
Pregnant women are susceptible to aching and swollen feet and should be treated with care. If you are seeking treatment, see one of our podiatrists from West Coast Podiatry Center. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.
What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, 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 one of our offices located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.