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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Understanding Why the Feet Swell During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey marked by various bodily changes, and one common occurrence that many expectant mothers experience is swollen feet. This phenomenon, known as edema, can be attributed to several factors. One major contributor is the increased volume of blood during pregnancy. As your body produces more blood to support both you and your growing baby, it can lead to a buildup of fluid in the tissues, causing swelling. Hormonal changes play a crucial role as well. Hormones such as progesterone cause blood vessels to relax, which can slow the return of blood to the heart and result in fluid retention. The pressure from the growing uterus can compress blood vessels in the pelvis, hindering blood flow from the legs and feet. Additionally, gravity also plays a role, as it makes it harder for fluid to return from the legs to the upper body. While swollen feet during pregnancy are common and generally harmless, it is essential to manage them with proper hydration, rest, and elevation. If you experience severe or sudden swelling in your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief tips. 

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 our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. 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 East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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