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Swollen Feet During Pregnancy Is Normal

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 00:00

Many pregnant women experience swelling of the feet and this is a normal symptom of pregnancy. It is a condition that is referred to as edema and it can cause the patient to be uncomfortable. This is a result of the added weight that is gained during pregnancy, in addition to the blood becoming thicker during this gestation period. Gravity can cause extra fluid in the body to pool in the feet and the shoes that are worn daily may become uncomfortable to wear. The need to drink water increases during pregnancy and the feet may be affected if not enough water is ingested. Research has indicated that 1 in 25 women will experience preeclampsia during pregnancy which will cause the feet to become swollen. Relief can come from frequently elevating the feet and it can help to refrain from overheating. If you have questions about swollen feet during pregnancy please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

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 Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Chicago, Highland Park, and Uptown, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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