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Arch Issues in Pregnancy

The impact of pregnancy on changes in the foot arch is a topic of study. Arch collapse, more common in females, especially during pregnancy, may lead to various foot issues, potentially necessitating surgeries. Hormonal fluctuations, including increased levels of relaxin, progesterone, and estradiol, can contribute to ligament laxity, potentially affecting the foot arch. Research suggests a correlation between pregnancy and foot volume increase, though not necessarily shoe size. If you are pregnant and feel pain in the arches or your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can get to the root of the problem and offer effective relief 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 Jordan S. Steinberg, DPM from Florham Park 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 Florham Park, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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