If you are pregnant, swollen, painful feet are not what you want to deal with! There is enough to worry about getting the nursery and your family ready for your new bundle of joy.
Why does pregnancy affect my feet?
Unfortunately, along with all of the changes the body undergoes during a pregnancy, feet are often not exempt from experiencing a few of their own. Foot specialist, Dr. Sanjay Patel helps patients with all types of foot and ankle problems and he is no stranger to the problems associated with pregnancy.
Over-pronationis very common reason for foot pain during pregnancy. This is also called flat feet and develops as a result of the arch flattening out and causes the foot to roll inward while walking. Hormones that help loosen ligaments in the pelvis and birth canal can also loosen ones in your feet too! The flattening of the arch due to the loosening of ligaments is also accompanied by the natural weight gain a woman experiences. Extra weight simply means extra stress and pressure on feet. The right shoes are your best defense against foot pain from flat feet. Wear sturdy shoes with a lot of support and cushioning.
Secondly, edema is another cause for discomfort during pregnancy. This is another term for swollen feet. There is extra blood in your body and the uterus can put pressure on your blood vessels. This impacts circulation and can result in fluid pooling in your legs and feet. Elevate your feet as much as you can, drink lots of fluids, exercise and avoid foods high in salt.
If painful, swollen feet are becoming too much to bear along with the baby, please contact Family Foot Care & Surgery with offices in Milford and Hamden, CT. Call Dr. Patel at (203) 876-7736 to make an appointment today. We can help you enjoy your pregnancy without having to worry about your feet!