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Foot Pain Should Not Ruin the Joy of Pregnancy!

Pregnancy is a joy but the foot pain is not something first time mothers expect to experience. Do not worry; we have some solutions for you! Even if you are not a first time mother, you do not have to go through that aching pain for nine months any longer. Healthy weight gain can increase foot pain because as the waistline expands, the posture changes by altering the center of gravity. The most common symptoms a pregnant woman will experience are swollen feet, overpronation or flatfeet, and cramps in the legs and feet. For proper treatment, a podiatrist should be sought to ensure all treatments are done properly and safely.

Feet swell because of excess fluid collecting in the foot tissue; this is also called edema. To treat swelling of the feet, try maternity waist-high support stockings. To prevent swelling of the feet, prop up your feet whenever relaxing, do not cross your legs while sitting, Always stretch when sitting down, and wear comfortable shoes making sure to measure your feet periodically since feet can lengthen and widen during pregnancy causing an improper fit in shoes.

Flatfeet can occur because of the extra weight gain applying pressure to the arches, which in turn can cause overpronation when the feet start rolling inward. The release of hormones during pregnancy can also have an effect on the feet. To treat this condition, podiatrists recommend good inserts, whether they are custom made or APMA approved over-the-counter inserts. To prevent flatfeet and overpronation, wear supportive shoes with good shock absorption such as Danskos or Crocs; do not wear high heels, and wear a running shoe for extra shock absorption if you need a good walking or athletic shoe.

In addition to flatfeet and overpronation, the weight gain can also cause stress to the plantar fascia causing plantar fasciitis. A good treatment is to tape your feet and wear proper supportive inserts recommended by your podiatrist. To help prevent plantar fasciitis,  always warm up and stretch before any exercise, stretch multiple times a day (Podiatrist will give specific stretching exercises made for this condition), do not walk barefoot, and wear shoes with good arch support and firm heels.

Cramps can be very common during pregnancy, but foot cramps might be something that can be stopped or prevented. Cramps occur due to increased blood volumes, which cause progesterone levels to increase in order to relax the blood vessels. Relaxed blood vessels slow down circulation causing the cramps. Eating a healthy balanced diet during pregnancy will ensure there are no vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Stretching calves and wearing support shoes will decrease the cramps. To prevent the cramping and poor circulation, rotate your ankle ten times to the right and then ten times to the left on each leg for ten reps to increase the circulation.

For more information, visit: http://www.apma.org/pregnancyfeet

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