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Drinking Water and Exercising May Help Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swollen feet and ankles are common among the majority of women during pregnancy. This is a condition that generally begins during the second trimester, and continues throughout the pregnancy. Swollen feet are caused by excess fluid the body produces for the growing fetus, and it can collect in the feet. Relief may be found when the feet are frequently elevated, and sodium intake is reduced. Additionally, the swelling may become worse during the warmer months, and it is beneficial to stay as cool as possible. Research has shown that drinking plenty of water daily may help to control the swelling, in addition to wearing comfortable shoes and socks. The feet will typically feel better when gentle foot exercises are performed, consisting of bending and stretching them up and down several times. If you have questions about how the feet are affected during pregnancy, please consult 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 Summit Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Wallace, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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