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Swollen Feet Is a Normal Part of Pregnancy

Having swollen feet and ankles is a normal condition many pregnant women experience. It is generally temporary, despite the discomfort it can bring. One of the changes the body undergoes consists of retaining fluids, which often collect in the lower extremities. The developing fetus causes the blood to become thicker, providing the necessary nutrients during this time. It is helpful to avoid standing for prolonged periods, and walking can help to improve circulation. If the swelling is severe, compression stockings may be worn that can help to move the fluids away from the ankles. Additionally, the swelling may be reduced when sodium intake is limited, and cool environments are preferred, keeping the body temperature comfortable. If you would like more information about how pregnancy affects the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

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 Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. 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 office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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