What Your Feet Can Expect When You’re Expecting

If you’re pregnant, your feet may be the last thing on your mind. But at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that the additional strain put on your feet may result in foot pain or discomfort. Taking proper care of your legs, ankles, and feet is even more important during this special time. Below are some areas where you may experience discomfort and what to do about it.

Swelling—during pregnancy the fluids in your body will greatly increase. After a long day of standing or walking, it’s not unusual to have swollen feet and ankles. This swelling—officially known as edema—can be painful and uncomfortable. Putting your feet up as often as possible can help reduce swelling, and so can drinking lots of water. Be sure to discuss any swelling with your obstetrician as well, since particularly in the later stages of pregnancy extreme swelling can potentially indicate a medical problem.

Ingrown Toenails—hormones released during pregnancy whose job it is to relax the ligaments leading the birth canal can also work on your feet, causing them to spread and enlarge. Toes that are continually squeezed together in shoes that have become too tight can lead to ingrown toenails. If you notice an ingrown toenail developing, soak your foot in warm water and gently try to massage the toenail out of the skin. Do not attempt any “bathroom surgery!” Instead, make an appointment at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office. Let one of our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw or Dr. Adam Thompson examine your toe and assist you in relieving ingrown toenail pain. You may also need to buy larger shoes for the last trimester of your pregnancy.

Arch Pain—as your weight increases, so does the pressure on the arch of your foot. Many pregnant women begin to experience the symptoms typically associated with flat feet. This can include arch and heel pain. Our podiatrists may prescribe custom orthotics and/or stretching exercises to help alleviate these symptoms.

If you have other problems with your feet during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

American Diabetes Month: Fight Back

Each November, we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers recognize American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a serious condition that affects over 30 million men, women, and children. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in our country.

Be Thankful for Your Feet!

It’s the season of Thanksgiving and at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers we want to be sure our patients remember their feet when making a list of all that they are grateful for.

Sesamoid Injuries: Small Bones Cause Big Pain

Is it difficult to bend and straighten your big toe? How about swelling or bruising—do you see any in the area where the pain is? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that “yes” answers to these questions likely indicate an injury to the sesamoids.

Why Do My Feet Smell?

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, however, we know that foot odor is a year-round problem for some people. With approximately 3,000 sweat glands per square inch producing about ½ pint of perspiration daily, your feet are prime targets for body odor issues.

7 Footcare Tips for Patients with Diabetes

At Benenati Foot Care Centers, we know that our diabetic patients have to take extra good care of their feet. If you have diabetes, minor foot problems like blisters or an ingrown toenail can have serious medical consequences.

Watch Out for These 4 Common Kids Foot Injuries

Kids have all the energy with little self-control. They can go all day while you are left panting behind them. Running around is great for your kids to explore their world and release some of that energy. But watch out - they are still growing, so...

Winter Boot Buying Guide

You may think the most important feature of a pair of winter boots is their ability to keep your feet warm. A Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, however, we know that your choice can also have a big impact on the overall health and comfort of your feet. Below are some tips to consider before making your purchase.

Sprain vs. Break: What Happened to My Ankle?

Let’s lay the scene: you are out with friends. You all have begun to play a game of soccer. The game starts to get intense when someone slides into your feet, knocking you down in a super awkward way.  So you have an injured ankle and...

New School Shoes Checklist

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that parents are busy getting their children ready to go back to school. One annual ritual that happens at this time of the year is the back-to-school shoe shopping trip.

Shoe Tips for Runners

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that the right shoes for a runner can maximize performance and minimize your risk for injury.

Back to School Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Whether you are a mom ready to kick back after a busy summer or a teacher doing last minute prep for the classroom, the school year is almost here. With the school year about to kick off, it is a good idea to add shoes to your shopping list. With...
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