Swollen Feet During Pregnancy Is Considered to Be Normal

A normal part of pregnancy is having swollen feet. This is generally a result of the added pressure the growing baby exerts on the veins. Additionally, there are extra fluids that are present in the body to help support the fetus. Many pregnant women notice their ankles are swollen in the second trimester and may worsen as the delivery date gets closer. Relief may be found when the feet are elevated as frequently as possible, salt intake is reduced, and drinking plenty of water daily. It can also help to wear shoes that are comfortable. If you are expecting, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for additional methods of controlling swollen feet.

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 Foot & Ankle Centers of Charlotte County . 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 Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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