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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 02, 2018
Category: Pregnancy

During pregnancy, many things change. Your body reacts to the internal and external environment differently. And as the body begins to prepare for the last few months of pregnancy and giving birth, it retains more fluids and even allows for bones to shift. It’s amazing what the body is capable of doing!

Here’s what to look for during pregnancy, for baby and mama’s feet.

Baby’s Feet:

  • Feet will begin to form with separated toes at about 10 weeks
  • They will use the feet to help them move and explore the amniotic sac
  • Closer to the end of the pregnancy, toe or foot deformities can be detected, such as clubfoot, overlapping toes, amniotic band syndrome, or polydactyly. Don’t worry though, as these are not common occurrences.

Speak to our podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center if you have concerns about your baby’s foot development in the womb.

Mother’s Feet:

  • Water retention and natural weight gain will cause edema. The swelling can cause discomfort in the feet and even change sensation.
  • The extra weight that the mother carries can flatten the arches and cause the ankles to roll inward, as with overpronation. Over time, this can cause chronic issues like plantar fasciitis and/or Achilles tendonitis.
  • Cramping can occur in the feet and/or legs as part of pregnancy. The exact cause is unknown but stretching, walking, hydration, and comfortable footwear can help prevent cramps.
  • As the feet change, pressure points can change as well. Pain can occur in the heel, arch, or balls of feet as a consequence of problems like edema and overpronation.

To find relief from these symptoms and changes, try some of the following:

  • Rest often so that your feet do not have to overwork. Schedule in times to rest.
  • Use compression socks and elevate your feet to reduce swelling.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with good supportive features and cushioning.
  • Stay active to increase circulation of fluids back up from your feet and ankles, and to prevent cramping.

If you notice that your feet are swelling unevenly or excessively, you might have a clot. Get medical care immediately. With other mild concerns, come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment throughout your pregnancy. 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 Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
October 14, 2013
Category: Pregnancy

This topic has a great deal of personal interest to me.  No, I'm not pregnant--that would be a medical miracle. But my oldest daughter Jennifer is pregnant with my first grandchild--no secret, its a girl!  The anticipated arrival of the little lady is in mid-December and we're all very excited about the new addition to the family, including (and especially) my son-in-law Ben.

Jennifer has been feeling good all along and looks fantastic too, as you can plainly see! (No paternal bias here, I assure you).  We'll check on the baby's feet once she arrives, but for now we'll mention issues that many expectant mothers have with their own feet.

Pregnancy does a couple of things to the feet: swelling/water retention and lowering of the arch.  This makes for challenges in shoe fit, along with varying kinds of foot pain.  

Swollen feet are mostly caused by pressure of the baby on the veins, resulting in a back pressurein the legs and water retention.  Support stockings, elevating the feet and legs as often as possible and watching dietary sources of salt are the best ways to minimize the swelling.

There's a ligament under the arch--the spring ligament--which is made up of a special kind of fibers, similar to those in the pelvic area, that responds to the hormones of pregnancy.  It stretches more to accommodate the extra weight being carried, resulting in a lowering of the arch (pronation).  This can have some negative consequences as well.  Feet whcih flatten out too much can cause fatigue in the feet and legs, arch pain and heel pain among other things.  Plantar fasciitis is very common in pregnancy.

What to do?  Wear comfortable shoes--Jennifer has opted for comfortable shoes which don't lace--in the 8th month, it is a challenge to bend down far enough to tie shoelaces!  For heel pain, arch pain and more generalized fatigue, an orthotics will also be recommended and they can be a godsend.  Oh yes, and keep walking!  The muscle action of the legs will help support the veins and lessen water retention.

In younger women and with first pregnancies, the spring ligament will usually snap back into shape after delivery.  However, in older women, multiple pregnancies and heavier women, often we'll see that the changes don't reverse.  In these cases, many will note a change in their shoe size during and after pregnancy, sometimes by as much as two full sizes!  Women have to watch for this not only during pregnancy, but after the baby has arrived. By all means contact us for an appointment or if you have any questions.

Pregnant and having foot pain?  Know somebody who is pregnant?  We'll be happy to evaluate and make recommendations to make the pregnancy as comfortable as possible. There will be enough sleepless nights after the baby arrives, so let's do what we can to make the last few months of pregnancy easier. 

Updates on Jennifer and my granddaughter-to-be will follow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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