Pregnancy brings a lot of changes to a woman’s body, including changes to her feet. Two of the most common foot problems experienced by pregnant woman are over-pronation and edema. These problems can lead to pain in various places of the foot. Many women may also experience leg cramping and varicose veins due to weight gain. Because of this, it is important for pregnant women to learn more about foot health to help make this period more comfortable for them.
Here are some ways you can promote good foot health during your pregnancy:
- Wear shoes with broad-based heels that provide support and absorb shock.
- Use arch supports to aid the plantar fascia.
- Elevate your feet as often as possible. This will help reduce swelling.
- Have your feet measured several times throughout your pregnancy. They will probably change sizes.
- If you are driving or sitting for a long period of time, take regular breaks to stretch your legs to increase circulation.
- Exercise regularly.
- Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated. This helps the body retain less fluid.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid foods high in salt that can cause water retention
If problems develop with your feet during pregnancy, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.