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Swollen Feet and Pregnancy

Pregnancy and swollen feet are linked, especially during the third trimester. Swollen feet may occur from decreased circulation and the blood becoming thicker during pregnancy. The growing fetus requires additional nutrients from the blood and may affect circulation too. Relief may be found when the feet are elevated and when gentle stretching exercises are performed. It is beneficial to reduce or eliminate salt intake, in addition to drinking plenty of water daily. Walking is a suggested method to increase blood circulation. It is important to wear comfortable shoes as this can make it more appealing to walk. Compression stockings may help the blood flow easier from the heart to the feet. Please consult a podiatrist for more information on finding relief from swollen feet during pregnancy.

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 Bruening Foot & Ankle. 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 Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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