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Dr. Kennan T. Runte, DPM, FACFAS
Dr. Morgan E. Garcia, DPM

(530) 477-7200

152 Catherine Lane, Suite F
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Swollen Feet Is a Normal Part of Pregnancy

Wednesday, 08 March 2023 00:00

There is a reason many women experience swollen ankles during their pregnancy. The baby requires approximately 50 percent more fluids and blood to meet its growing needs. The medical term for swollen feet and ankles is known as edema, and it is normal during pregnancy, despite the discomfort it can bring. There are simple and effective measures that can be taken to control the amount of fluid that collects in the ankles. These can include drinking plenty of water daily and engaging in a gentle exercise program as often as possible. Walking and swimming are effective methods to keep the body moving, which can help to evenly distribute fluids that collect in the feet. It is important to wear shoes that fit well and are comfortable, in addition to reducing sodium intake. If you would like helpful tips on how to improve foot comfort while pregnant, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can address any concerns 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 Foothill Podiatry Clinic. 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 office located in Grass Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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