Dealing With Swollen Feet While Pregnant

One discomfort that often accompanies pregnancy is swollen ankles, known as edema. Fortunately, there are several ways to minimize the problem. The key to managing swollen ankles during pregnancy is to defy gravity. Sit with your feet elevated to reduce pressure on the lower extremities. While seated, circle your ankles occasionally to encourage blood flow, and avoid standing for extended periods. Sleeping on your left side is believed to be beneficial for your baby and for your circulation. This position alleviates pressure on the inferior vena cava, helping to reduce ankle swelling. Elevating your legs at a gentle angle with pillows can further promote healthy blood flow. Consider investing in compression stockings to prevent blood from pooling in your ankles. Incorporate daily gentle exercises into your routine, such as swimming and walking. These activities help keep your blood flowing optimally, reducing the risk of swollen ankles. If you have concerns about swollen ankles or any other foot-related issues during pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an evaluation and recommended treatment options.

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 one of our podiatrists from InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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