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Navigating Foot Conditions During Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings forth many changes, not only to the body but also to the feet. As the body undergoes hormonal shifts and experiences weight gain, various foot conditions may arise. Flat feet, or fallen arches, are a common occurrence due to the increased pressure on the feet, leading to a flattening of the arches and potential discomfort. Additionally, pregnant women may experience sensations of heat or burning in their feet, known as burning feet syndrome, attributed to hormonal fluctuations and increased blood flow. Cracked heels, caused by dryness and pressure on the feet, can also be heightened during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and additional weight bearing. While these foot conditions are often temporary and resolve postpartum, managing symptoms through wearing proper footwear, practicing foot care routines, and seeking medical advice when needed can alleviate discomfort and promote foot health during pregnancy. If you are experiencing foot pain during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you visit a chiropodist who can offer you appropriate relief and treatment options.

Pregnancy can affect your feet in many ways, often causing pain or discomfort, as well as reduced mobility. If you are pregnant and experience foot pain, please consult with Emily Yu, B.Sc from Uptown Foot Care Clinic. Our specialist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

During pregnancy, your belly isn’t the only part of your body swelling. The whole body may experience swelling, especially in the feet and ankles. Since they carry the weight of both your body and the baby’s, caring for your feet during pregnancy is very important. 

Common Foot Conditions During Pregnancy

Various foot conditions can develop during the course of a pregnancy, including: 

  • Swelling of the feet and ankles

  • Fallen arches, leading to acquired flat feet

  • Plantar fasciitis 

  • Aching, sore feet

  • Changes in the toenails

Caring for the Feet During Pregnancy

Some things that you can do to help maintain the health of your feet during pregnancy include: 

  • Wearing comfortable shoes

  • Resting and elevating your feet

  • Icing sore areas, such as the arch

  • Keeping your toenails trimmed

  • Soaking and massaging the feet

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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