How to help prevent foot pain during pregnancy

Foot pain during pregnancy is not an uncommon issue, but there are remedies that can help to alleviate or eliminate it.

The good news is that foot pain and pregnancy do not have to go together. It is possible to avoid the discomfort of swollen feet, arch pain, and other common foot conditions experienced while pregnant.

Dr. Pereira says, “Generally speaking, women are now more active than ever during pregnancy, and that can put more stress on the feet. While continuing to enjoy an active lifestyle has plenty of health benefits, following a few simple guidelines can help to reduce the risk of developing uncomfortable foot pain.”

When swollen feet are painful

Excess fluid buildup (called edema) causes throbbing, swollen feet. Reducing the swelling will usually alleviate the pain and discomfort. Do this by elevating your feet whenever possible, even if it’s for only a few minutes. Stretch your legs frequently, and try wearing wide, comfortable shoes. Giving your feet a little extra freedom goes a long way to reducing the discomfort associated with the swelling.

Prevent foot arch pain

Arch fatigue or overpronation can cause pain in the arch of the foot. In overpronation, extreme stress is placed on the plantar fascia which holds up the arch. This leads to pain that makes it difficult to stand and walk. Prevention of plantar fascia stress is key. Adopting a daily stretching routine first thing in the morning is very helpful. Also, make sure to stretch the feet and legs before and after any exercise. Choosing supportive, low-heeled shoes is also important.

Avoid painful ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails can quickly go from uncomfortable to very painful. Because the feet tend to swell during pregnancy, footwear can become too restrictive and cause ingrown toenails. It can be tempting to perform your own treatment with nail clippers, but repeated cutting of the nail can cause the condition to worsen over time. It’s best to seek treatment with a foot and ankle surgeon who can assess the severity of your condition and perform a safe, sterile treatment.

Remember that during pregnancy, it is not uncommon for women to experience a change in their foot size. Sometimes this can be a permanent growth up to half a shoe size. If your footwear feels tight, listen to your body and wear shoes that give your feet more room.

Dr. Pereira helps his patients experience their pregnancy with as little foot pain as possible. If you are early in your pregnancy and haven’t yet experienced any of these symptoms, remember that prevention is always the best medicine. Follow the tips here to help make your pregnancy as pain free as possible. 

How to help prevent foot pain during pregnancy

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