According to Medical Daily, feet swelling is a common problem for women during pregnancy. However, new research from a study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation confirms that swelling and loss of arch height which comes with pregnancy can be permanent. The loss of arch height is a result of flat feet, and the extra baby weight during pregnancy adds to the flattening of the arches. According to Ashik Siddique, the result leads to increased in foot size, lasting long after delivery.
Siddique suggests women to accept the growth of their shoe size while pregnant. It is important that the swollen feet not to be forced into uncomfortable shoes. If you believe you suffer from foot problems do to swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.
What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, 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 in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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