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Posts for category: Pregnancy and Foot Pain

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 06, 2018

Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! We at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to do our part to ensure that your pregnancy proceeds smoothly. If this is your first pregnancy you may not be aware of all the ways that your feet can be affected. Changes in your body while you are pregnant can pose several challenges for your feet. Below are some foot conditions that are more likely when you are expecting and how to avoid them:

Edema—it’s natural during pregnancy for your body to produce and retain more fluid. This often results in edema (a fancy term for swelling) of the ankles and feet. Swelling can be uncomfortable and painful. You can minimize the amount of edema and help relieve it by drinking plenty of water, avoiding salt and elevating your feet above heart level several times throughout the day.

Falls and Ankle Sprains—a changing center of gravity and extra weight in places you are not used to having it, along with hormonal changes that relax your ligaments can put you at greater risk for falls and ankle twisting injuries. It’s important to be conscious of this so that you pay extra attention to the surfaces you are walking on and don’t carry so many packages that you can’t see the path in front of you. Keep heels low and wide for increased stability.

Ingrown Toenails—shoe choices are important for avoiding ingrown toenails as well. It’s not unusual for your feet to increase a whole size during pregnancy. Don’t try to continue to force your feet into your normal shoes if they feel tight and are pinching. Squishing the toes together for long periods of time can increase your chance of developing an ingrown toenail. It will also aggravate any toe deformities you may have such as bunions or hammertoes. Get your feet professionally measured and buy shoes that are the correct size for your feet now to wear during your pregnancy.

If you do find yourself suffering from any of these conditions or are experiencing pain anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050 so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and prescribe any necessary treatment. 

By Nrupa Shah
December 17, 2014

Pregnant women endure a lot more hardship than men can probably imagine. The birthing process alone (from induction to final birth) tops any pain a male feels at any given time. But we also have to think about the nine months leading up to that. What kind of pain do women experience then? Do they experience pain? In actuality, they experience lots of pain mainly in the joints—feet, knees, hips, and back are the most common areas. But if we’re able to treat the feet and educate patients on proper footwear during pregnancy, the other painful joints have the potential to be pain-free as well. 37 year-old Grammy award singer, Shakira, was caught wearing high-heels at a proposed 8 months pregnant. This is not something your podiatrists at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ would condone by any means. Wearing the proper footwear during pregnancy is crucial to pain-free joints.

 Usually pregnant patients complain of a painful arch because the joints in their feet tend to compress and pronate causing their arches to collapse and that’s where the term “flat feet” comes in to context. If shoes alone do not fix the problem, patients can be casted for custom foot orthotics. These orthotics will bring the arch back to its original position which will in turn cause the lower leg to align itself properly with the remaining joints all doing the same as well.

Moral of this story—do not wear high heels when you’re pregnant. Women’s feet are already at a higher risk for pain and deformity when they’re pregnant and wearing high heels only increases that risk. Again, if you were told to buy new shoes give them a try for at least a month before deciding they work or not. Lastly, if shoes alone don’t work please do not hesitate to give our office a call so we can properly assess your pain and foot function and get you in the proper orthotics to get you walking pain-free again.

 By Nrupa Shah