By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
July 21, 2017
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Are you expecting? Congratulations! You are probably well aware that this happy event will bring many changes to your body and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know that there are some that will particularly affect your feet. While not the focus of your pregnancy, the health of your feet can play a large part in how comfortable you feel. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help you take care of your feet so they can take care of you and the baby you are carrying:

Do: drink plenty of water, especially if you are pregnant during the hot and humid summer months. However, staying hydrated helps with a pregnancy issue that can occur in any season: swelling, or edema. Your feet and ankles are likely to become the repository for much of the extra fluid your body will be producing. Drinking water actually helps flush the excess fluid out of your system.

Do: buy a bigger size shoe if your feet start to feel cramped and pinched in the last trimester of your pregnancy. Your body releases a hormone known as relaxin, which will loosen ligaments in your body. The purpose is to relax the birth canal to make delivery easier. In your feet, however, the loosening ligaments may allow your feet to spread a bit and actually become larger.

Don’t: wear high or spiky heels. Your center of gravity will shift as your pregnancy progresses and this makes it easier to lose your balance.  In addition, the relaxin hormone mentioned above will also loosen your ankle ligaments, making sprains and other injuries more likely.

Do: put your feet up periodically throughout the day if possible, and definitely at the end of the day. This will help ease swelling and foot pain issues and is just a good idea for moms to be.

If you have unusual podiatric symptoms while you are pregnant, or are experiencing foot or ankle pain, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and prescribe any necessary treatment for foot conditions that develop during this time.