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How to Alleviate Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

It’s common for most women to experience swollen feet during their pregnancy. It’s considered normal for both feet to be affected, but your doctor should be contacted promptly if only one foot is swollen. There are several effective ways that may aid in reducing a portion of the swelling. These may include elevating your feet and legs frequently during the day, preferably above heart level. Additionally, performing foot and ankle stretches may help to pump excess fluid from the feet and legs. Many women have found that wearing compression stockings may help swollen feet from becoming worse during the day. Research has shown that limiting salt intake and drinking plenty of fresh water frequently may aid in the reduction of excess fluid, which often contributes to 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 New Tampa 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 office located in Wesley Chapel, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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