Pregnancy and Your Feet
Aching and swollen feet are almost inevitable during pregnancy. Unlike thought conventionally, most foot pain associated with pregnancy, however, is easily treated and even prevented. Increased weight, changes in gait and loosening of ligaments due to hormonal changes are all common during pregnancy and contribute to increased force on the feet leading to foot problems. Though, most of the heel pain and issues related to pregnancy subsides after delivery, it is not really necessary to suffer from the pain and discomfort during pregnancy to make it an enjoyable experience.
One of the most common foot conditions brought on by pregnancy is overpronation (flattening of the feet). Overpronation can make walking painful and increase strain on the calves, knees, hip and/or back. If the flattening of the feet is left untreated, painful disorders such as Metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain) and Plantar Fascistic (arch pain), can result.
The condition can be avoided or treated by wearing arch supports and choosing stable shoes. When you are not in shoes, be sure to opt for sandals or slippers that offer exceptional arch support. To avoid foot pain, you should never go barefoot while you are pregnant any time you are on your feet.
Foot and Leg Swelling During Pregnancy
During pregnancy women retain fluid and hormones cause dilation of the blood vessels to help carry extra blood for the baby. If there is a family history of vein problems, then this is when valves in veins may start to fail which can lead to varicose veins. In fact, a study published in Swiss Medical Weekly stated that 30 percent of women having their first baby and 55% of those having a second or third will develop varicose veins. In addition, swelling common in pregnancy leads to foot and leg pain and fatigue.
Wearing compression socks can help keep your feet and legs healthy and comfortable during pregnancy.
Home Remedies to Treat and Prevent Foot and Leg Pain During Pregnancy
Try the below self treatment tips for heel pain.
- Use arch supports from FootPro in your shoes. You want ones that provide firm support and conform to your arch.
- When you’re not wearing shoes, wear flip flops or sandals with arch support while on your feet. Customized FootPro flip-flops and sandals offer exceptional support during Pregnancy.
- Around the house, use slippers with arch support.
- Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation such as those from Smooth toe.
- To combat foot and leg swelling and fatigue, use compression support hose. We recommend getting a prescription and then a professional fitting. If you cannot do that , then you can try an over-the-counter support hose.
- When driving for a long period, take regular breaks to stretch the legs and promote circulation.
- Elevate your feet as often as possible.
- Check with a doctor about an exercise program – a walking regimen or yoga is usually recommended, without putting pressure on the stomach. Walking on the afflicted foot will actually relieve much of the morning pain, as it acts as a natural massaging action, releasing built up fluids.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid foods high in salt that can cause fluid retention.
- Icing areas of the foot and leg that are in pain can be effective, as can stretching.
Taking care of your feet allows you to indulge in regular exercise and enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy.