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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.

During her first pregnancy, Kim Kardashian was always spotted wearing high heel designer shoes even when her feet swelled up to double their normal size. Even though Kim may have looked great in those designer shoes, it doesn’t mean she felt great especially trying to squeeze swollen feet into narrow shoes. It appears that Kim has learned though because now that she is pregnant with her second child, Kim has been spotted going for a stroll in slippers instead of high heeled shoes. Even though Kim still feels uncomfortable and is getting some swelling she says things are going better for her this time around than it did during her first pregnancy.

Swelling of the feet and ankles is something that often affects women when they are pregnant. There are many causes that contribute to foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy but one of the biggest contributing factors is that the body will retain more fluid during pregnancy. Also, as the uterus grows, it will put pressure on the veins that return blood to the heart from the legs and if the blood can’t go back to the heart it will pool around the feet and ankles leading to swelling. If you are suffering from swelling in your feet and ankles during pregnancy, there are some simple things you can do to help reduce some of that swelling.

Try to avoid being on your feet for long periods of time. Whenever you get the chance, try to sit or lay down with your feet elevated as this will help to return blood/fluid that has pooled in your feet and ankles back to the circulation. When you sleep at night, try to sleep on your left side. The reason for this is that when you sleep on your left side, it takes pressure off a large vein that return blood from your legs back to your heart and this can also help to reduce swelling especially if you keep your legs elevated. Swelling occurs because fluid leaks from the blood vessels into the surrounding tissues. You can reverse this by increasing the pressure in the tissues by wearing compression stockings. This will act to push the fluid back into the blood vessels and return it to the circulation. Low impact physical activity such as walking or swimming in a pool can help to relieve swelling. The pressure from the water seems to compress tissues in the leg and provide temporary relief from swelling. Also, the cool water may be soothing to the swollen areas.

Foot and ankle swelling is very common during pregnancy and usually goes away after pregnancy. We here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ wish Kim Kardashian a healthy and successful pregnancy. If you think you are suffering from swollen feet or ankles during pregnancy or would like more information about foot and ankle swelling please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Nrupa Shah