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Ways to Help Reduce Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Pregnant women produce about 50% more body fluids and blood than a developing baby needs for normal growth. This can lead to swelling in the overall body, including the ankles and feet. This is referred to as edema and may become worse as the pregnancy progresses. Research has indicated that extra fluid accounts for 25% of the total weight most women gain during their pregnancy. There may be additional reasons why there may be more swelling than usual, including heat from the summer months, standing for extended periods of time, and a diet that may be low in potassium. Among the effective relief methods are frequently elevating the feet, drinking plenty of fresh water daily, and reducing sodium intake. It also may help to wear loose clothing and apply cold compresses on swollen areas of the body. Wearing supportive tights or stockings may help to relieve some of the swelling. It is beneficial to refrain from drinking anything that is made with caffeine. If you have swollen feet and would like to know additional ways of managing this condition, please consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

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 Lansing Podiatry. Our doctor 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 office located in East Lansing, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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