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.


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