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By Clark Podiatry Center
September 07, 2017

Your body goes through a lot during pregnancy. From morning sickness to the extra weight you begin to carry, your body may start to feel foreign to you. The changes in hormones can alter some physical attributes of your body in addition to your emotional well-being. Not all expecting mothers go through all symptoms, but some of these can happen as your body prepares for supporting the growing baby. 

The lower half of the body can very much be affected by the pregnancy, especially in the feet and ankles. As your body gains weight and the baby grows, the feet must bear more weight. This can temporarily flatten the arches in your feet, and widen them as well. Additionally, fluids become trapped as circulation decreases. As fluids travel around the body, the return up to the upper half of the body is restricted as the baby grows. Not only do your feet and ankles swell, they can also experience numbing or tingling, and the swelling can make you less stable. The more the arches and the heel have to work, the more they are at risk for pain from plantar fasciitis and/or Achilles tendonitis.

Pregnancy can be difficult, as it is. Here are some tips to help you care for your feet during pregnancy. 

  • Rest: While this is hard to avoid if you have a job that requires a lot of standing, adequate periods of rest, including elevating your feet. This will reduce symptoms of pain and prevent swelling in the feet. If you have pain at the end of the day, a warm foot soak and a foot rub can help relieve tension and strain. Have a partner help you or get a small ball to roll your foot on. 
  • Compression: Some may find relief and be able to prevent swelling by wearing compression socks or hosiery. If you have to stand for long periods of time, this is helpful, in addition to supportive shoes. 
  • Shoes: Your shoes should have a good fit. Your feet may swell and flatten out, so it’s best to get your feet measured before you buy them. They should be supportive in the arch and heels, so that your feet do not that to strain for stability. 
  • Activity: It’s helpful to maintain healthy weight gain and promote circulation by engaging in activity. It’s best to speak to your doctor about exercise while pregnant. 

Be sure to keep track of any changes you may experience while you are pregnant. While swelling is normal during pregnancy, uneven swelling or excessive swelling can indicate complications. See your doctor immediately if you feel something is off.

Have questions or concerns, particularly about your changing feet? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment. Make an appointment today to have your feet treated with care. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all of Union County! We keep you walking!

By Clark Podiatry Center
August 25, 2016
Tags: edema   swollen feet  

With all the changes that your body is growing through to grow a baby in your belly, a most noticeable one will be edema. The swelling becomes more obvious at or around 20 weeks into your pregnancy, when your hands, breasts, butt, calves, ankles, and feet begin to swell. Uncomfortably, it will show at least a little bit in the beginning but will last until you give birth.

The swelling happens because your body shifts to protect itself. The fluid it retains softens the body to allow for expansion of the different areas of the body. Blood flow and blood pressure also increases near the uterus due to the baby’s growth and the increase in weight that your pelvic area is carrying. Pregnancies have a reputation of giving you “giant clown feet” because of the excess fluid that does not return back up to the top half of the body as the baby’s growth restricts fluid movement.

Most of these changes and swelling is normal. However, if you are concerned about excessive swelling in your feet or ankles during your pregnancy, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office with our board-certified foot and ankle doctor, Brandon Macy, DPM. He will help you manage swelling and make sure that there are no further issues that may affect your mobility during pregnancy.

Managing Edema during Pregnancy

  • Avoid high sodium and caffeine.

  • Eat foods that are high in potassium

  • Try not to stand for long periods of time or have long days of activity, especially on hot days.

  • Use compression socks and ice packs to reduce swelling.

  • Stay hydrated.

  • Keep your feet and ankles moving to increase circulation.

Remember: Excessive swelling can be a sign of other issues. Be vigilant about any uneven swelling on one side (arm or leg) as this may be a sign of a blood clot. Also, if there is excessive overall swelling, especially in the face and hands, it may be a sign of pregnancy complication.

Our team at Clark Podiatry Center will do their utmost to care for your feet and ankles during your pregnancy. Since pregnancy is an important time of many changes, we want to be a source of consistency for you to keep you walking. If you have any questions or concerns about edema during your pregnancy, make an appointment today!



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