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Reducing Foot and Ankle Swelling During Pregnancy

Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

Pregnancy can often lead to water retention in the feet and ankles. Swollen feet and ankles often get worse as the due date approaches and during hot weather. There are several things that you can do that may reduce swelling in the lower limbs during pregnancy. Avoid standing for prolonged periods of time, and prop your feet up when sitting. If you sit for long periods of time, stretching and exercising regularly may help reduce swelling. Drinking plenty of water, which may sound counterintuitive, can also help reduce swelling, as water retention is often caused or worsened by dehydration. For more advice on how to manage foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy, consult with a podiatrist. 

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 Howard Kimmel, DPM from Buckeye Foot Care. 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 one of our offices located in Beachwood, Brook Park, and Willoughby, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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