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Does Pregnancy Lead to Changes in Foot Size?

Pregnancy is a transformative journey that brings about numerous changes in a woman's body. While most expectant mothers are well aware of the more obvious alterations, such as weight gain and a growing belly, the potential impact on foot size is a less commonly discussed topic. Many women wonder if their feet will permanently change in size during pregnancy. The answer, in most cases, is possibly. During pregnancy, hormonal changes, particularly the release of relaxin, can affect the ligaments in the body, including those in the feet. This increased flexibility may lead to a temporary, and sometimes permanent, increase in foot size. Additionally, as pregnancy progresses, fluid retention and swelling, known as edema, can cause the feet to become temporarily larger. While swelling typically subsides after childbirth, some women may find that their feet remain slightly larger than they were before pregnancy. Overall, it is important for expectant mothers to be prepared for these potential changes, and consider investing in comfortable, supportive footwear during and after pregnancy to ensure proper foot health and comfort. If you would like more information about how pregnancy can affect the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

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 Fusion Foot and Ankle. 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 Fort Worth and Arlington, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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