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Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swelling, or edema, in the feet, is a common occurrence during pregnancy. Swelling of the feet is primarily attributed to hormonal fluctuations, increased blood volume, and fluid retention. The surge in progesterone slows digestion and circulation, leading to fluid accumulation, particularly in the lower extremities. Additionally, the body's heightened blood volume, necessary to support fetal growth and prepare for labor, worsens this swelling. Swelling can begin as early as the fifth month, especially in women exposed to hot climates or extended periods of standing. Taking regular short walks, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, and opting for comfortable footwear can help alleviate discomfort. Dietary modifications, including potassium-rich foods and reduced sodium intake, may also help manage swelling. If you are troubled by swelling or other foot ailments during pregnancy, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

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 Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. Our doctor 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 Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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