Whether you’re going to be a first-time mom or you’re already a seasoned parent, every child and every pregnancy is different. However, one constant that all pregnant women face at one time or another is aching feet. Your body is changing and your feet can too. Learn how you can practice proper foot care while pregnant, and a solution to your foot pain if it’s caused by something more than an added bundle of joy.
Posted by: KYForward
Written by: Dr. Matthew Ellsworth
Foot Health: How mothers to be can relieve aching feet during pregnancy
Pregnant women are susceptible to aching and swollen feet and should take care to watch for symptoms.
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, 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.
FUN FACT: This flattening of the arch in the foot is caused by a hormone that is released during pregnancy which helps the tissues become more flexible in preparation of child birth.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy and tends to occur in the later stages.
A few tips for proper foot care 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 a supportive sandal, house shoe or slipper as an alternative.
— Wear shoes with good arch support – no shoes that you can roll up like a burrito.
— Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet.
— Elevate feet if you experience swelling. It’s easier said than done because you have a lot to get done before baby gets here, but this IS proven to help.
— Massage your feet by rolling each foot over a frozen water bottle. Better yet – have your partner massage them for you.
— Get regular, light exercise, such as walking to promote blood circulation to the feet.
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The tips above are helpful for managing the foot pain. However, if you do suffer from over-pronation, have flat feet or other foot problems, there may come a time where the pain is unbearable. It could be due to foot misalignment that occurs when the ankle bone slips off the heel bone and rolls excessively inward while the foot moves outward. There is a procedure that can help using a device called HyProCure®.
The HyProCure® device is a titanium stent that is placed between the ankle bone and heel bone to keep the ankle from excessively rolling inward (over-pronating) and correcting misaligned feet -- the root cause of many common foot problems.
The outpatient procedure is minimally invasive -- meaning it’s performed by making a very small incision -- has a high success rate, and is safe for most children and adults.
You want to be the best parent you can be for your new baby. Correcting your foot misalignment means that foot pain will be one less thing you have to worry about.
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, contact a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare to see if you’re a candidate. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.