By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 31, 2016
Tags: Pregnancy  

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life. It comes with many changes to the body and that includes your feet too. Although these conditions may not seem like something to look forward to, they are temporary. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we want pregnant patients to know what to expect and be able to take steps to insure good foot health.

Swollen Feet and Ankles—with pregnancy comes an increase in blood volume and fluid in the body. The growing uterus can impede the circulation to the legs and feet resulting in fluid pooling in these areas and causing swelling. This swelling can be painful in and of itself and may also aggravate existing conditions in the feet where inflammation is a symptom.

Leg Cramps—many pregnant women suffer from painful “charley horses,” usually in the calf area. These often occur at night when your legs and feet are tired.

Bigger Feet—when you are pregnant, your body manufactures a hormone designed to make your ligaments more elastic and stretchy to accommodate the birth of a baby. For your feet, however, it may seem like these relaxed ligaments have caused you to go up a shoe size. Buy bigger shoes as needed and also look for ones with a sturdy, cushioned sole to help with balance as you adjust to your changing center of gravity and extra weight.

Healthy Foot Choices

If you have concerns about changes you are noticing in your feet, make an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. They will be happy to meet with you, examine your feet and determine if there are any podiatric issues that require treatment. In the meantime, here are some suggestions to help increase your foot comfort during pregnancy:

  • Drink plenty of fluids—although it may seem counterintuitive, staying well hydrated actually reduces swelling and helps with cramping.
  • Put your feet up—taking regular breaks throughout the day to elevate your feet for 15 to 20 minutes will help with soreness, swelling and foot discomfort.
  • Keep moving—foot and ankle exercises while you are sitting and walking and other weight-bearing exercise will all help you stay more flexible, less stiff and swollen.
  • Monitor your weight—try to stay within the limits your doctor suggests for each trimester with regard to weight gain. Excess weight means excess pressure on your feet and an increased likelihood of pain and other problems.

For more information, contact our Edison, Monmouth Junction or Monroe office today.