Dealing with Foot Swelling and Pain during Pregnancy

Pregnant women go through a lot of changes during those nine months of baby-carrying. Morning sickness, nausea and hormonal changes are just some of the common unfortunate circumstances that they will experience during this time. In addition to those conditions, preggies experience aching feet.

When these expectant mommas gain weight, swelling and instability in their feet sets in. In turn, this causes soreness and strain on their feet.

Marybeth Crane, DPM, FACFAS, is a foot and ankle surgeon. She relates that more pregnant women are experiencing foot swelling and pain. “In the last five years, I’ve seen an increase in pregnant women with foot pain because more women than ever before are active, even running marathons, during their pregnancies.”

Nevertheless, foot pain and swelling can be easily addressed and treated. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) offers the following pointers for pregnant women to help ease foot pain and avert further injuries.

Painful and Swollen Feet: Throbbing discomfort is usually attributed to the buildup of excess fluid in the feet. To reduce the swelling, ACFAS advises preggies to put their feet up, stretch them regularly and frequently, wear comfortable shoes and avoid crossing the legs when sitting.

Foot Cramps: Blood volume and progesterone levels increase during pregnancy. This results in cramping. To minimize foot cramps, increase blood circulation in the feet. Stretch, rotate and move them about. Try elevating them when sitting. A nice leisurely walk around the neighborhood block will help do the trick against persistent cramping. Again, don’t forget to stretch before you stride.

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