Swollen feet are a side effect that most pregnant women experience. The feet typically begin to swell in the second trimester and reach their peak during the last few weeks of pregnancy. This is a normal occurrence that happens when the blood becomes thicker, and the body produces more fluid to help support the growing baby. The excessive fluid will gradually decrease after the baby is born, but until that time, methods can be implemented which might help to ease the discomfort of swollen feet. These can include frequently elevating the feet, reducing caffeine intake, and drinking plenty of water daily. Many women who are pregnant during the summer may cool down by swimming or spending time in an air-conditioned room. If you have questions about how to alleviate swollen feet during pregnancy, please contact a podiatrist who can help you to feel more comfortable.
Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward. This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages.
How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?
- Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
- Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
- Wear shoes with good arch support
- Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
- Elevate feet if you experience swelling
- Massage your feet
- Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn, Riverdale, and Englewood, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.