Pregnancy is a beautiful, transformative, and life-changing event. Along with the emotional changes and anticipation that come with experiencing a pregnancy, there are many physical changes that occur aside from the obvious growing belly. One of the most common problems that pregnant women experience is pain or discomfort in their legs and feet.
What is causing my foot pain?
During a pregnancy, the center of gravity shifts in the body to accommodate the growing baby. As a result, there is added pressure to the feet, especially as weight gain progresses. These, along with hormonal changes that loosen ligaments, can cause the arches to fall, which applies pressure to the plantar fascia and causes pain. Another common occurrence is swelling in the feet, especially towards the end of pregnancy as the blood volume in the body increases.
How to treat overpronation
The flattening of the arches often causes inward rolling feet, which is known as overpronation. The following ways can help alleviate discomfort caused by overpronation:
- Use orthotics to give the feet extra support.
- Wear footwear that is comfortable and has a proper fit. You may need a larger size during your pregnancy.
How to treat swelling
- Ice and elevate your feet
- Keep your blood flowing with exercise.
- Do not sit for long periods of time. If working sitting or driving, take small breaks to walk around.
- Stay hydrated.
- Eat balanced meals and avoid salty foods that could increase water retention.
- Avoid restrictive shoes and socks.
If you need custom orthotics, notice that swelling is asymmetrical, or your foot pain does not improve, it is important to see a trusted foot care specialist who can give you the relief you need. Dr. Russell Samofal of Podiatry Center of New Jersey helps patients around the Wayne area with a variety of foot and ankle problems related to sports injuries, congenital deformities, diabetes, as well as fungal infections and heel pain. No one deserves to suffer through foot pain, so contact us or call us at (973) 925-4111 to schedule an appointment today!