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Reasons for Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swollen feet are a common companion to the miraculous journey of pregnancy, stemming from a combination of physiological changes and increased demands on the circulatory system. As the body nurtures a growing life within, blood volume surges, causing fluid retention in various tissues, including the feet. Hormonal shifts play a pivotal role, promoting relaxation of blood vessels and allowing for increased fluid accumulation. The expanding uterus exerts pressure on major blood vessels, hindering efficient circulation and contributing to swelling in the lower extremities. Prolonged standing or sitting can exacerbate this swelling, emphasizing the importance of regular movement and elevation of the feet. While edema during pregnancy is typically benign, it is essential to distinguish it from conditions like preeclampsia. If your feet become swollen during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief methods.

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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