Pregnancy is one of those times when your body goes through a million changes. You might notice aches and pains where you previously did not have them. Don’t just ignore these. They are your body’s way of telling you something needs to be fixed. Foot pain is very common in pregnant women and making small changes to ease your discomfort is easy!
One of the most common conditions seen in women who are pregnant is over-pronation. This is when your foot rolls to far inward when you are walking. Another name for this condition is flat feet, because your arch flattens. It can cause walking to be very uncomfortable.
Pregnant women suffer from this problem a lot because of the added weight they carry, which adds pressure to their feet. Flat feet can be treated very conservatively with over-the-counter orthotic devices. They give your feet some extra support so you aren’t as uncomfortable. They can also protect against corns, calluses, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and other conditions that may stem from over-pronating.
Another common concern that pregnant women face is edema. This is when your feet swell due to the pooling of excess blood. Water retention may also occur, which only adds to the swelling. If your feet turn a purplish color it is most likely a result of this condition.
To minimize the effects of edema, make sure you are elevating your feet as much as possible during rest. This will keep the blood from having a chance to pool in your feet. Also, wear shoes that fit properly and aren’t too tight. Exercise every day (light walking) to keep your circulation flowing. Stay hydrated so that your body will retain less water and eat foods that aren’t too salty.
Taking Care of Your Feet During Pregnancy
If you are pregnant, take some time to pamper your feet. They undergo a great amount of stress every day as it is, but that pressure increases when you’re pregnant. Your feet might change size, so have them measured throughout your pregnancy to make sure you are wearing shoes that fit you properly.
Wash your feet every day and soak them in warm water if you’d like. After they’re completely dry, moisturize them to keep them soft. If you want to indulge in a spa pedicure, be very sure that you are going to a salon that keeps their instruments clean.
When To Seek Medical Help
Pregnant women are already under the care of so many doctors, but it is important to contact your podiatrist as well. We can help monitor your progress and keep your feet in the right shoes. If you need an orthotic we can help with that as well. Call Dr. Rahn Ravenell and Dr. Tamika Ravenell to schedule an appointment. At Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC, we want to help keep your feet healthy—through all stages of your life!