The extra weight of having a baby can often result in a range of foot issues in pregnant women. Painful and swollen feet caused by extra fluids are a common occurrence in pregnant women. It is critical to raise the feet as often as possible, wear broad and comfortable shoes, and avoid crossing the legs to decrease swelling. Pregnancy can also cause arch pain in the foot. Stretching first thing in the morning, as well as before and after exercise, can help alleviate this discomfort.
Keep One Eye on Your Shoes
The first thing to keep in mind is that your foot size may alter. Don't worry, this is completely normal, if inconvenient.
Weight gain and water retention can make your heels and boots feel much tighter. Hormonal changes can also have an impact on your feet. This may not be obvious in the early stages of pregnancy, but it would later become a concern.
First and foremost, the proper footwear must be selected. If you are nearing the end of your pregnancy, you should look for solace. Needless to say, you should avoid wearing high heels as much as possible. If you must wear heels for a special occasion, pick wedge heels that can better disperse your weight.
Look After Your Feet
Pregnant women may experience various foot problems, but none are particularly dangerous if you understand what is going on.
If your feet become too hot, bathing them in a bowl of water with ice cubes will bring comfort. Keeping your feet moisturised will help you avoid problems like dry skin and irritation. When it becomes physically difficult to bend and deal with your feet later in pregnancy, seeing a podiatrist is one option for keeping them in good shape.
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 oedema, 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
- Minimise 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
Check out our range of ladies' shoes to find the most suitable shoe for you during your pregnancy.