When you are expecting a little one, your body goes through enormous changes, both physical and emotional. During the 9-month gestation process, women experience a host of changes throughout their body, including their feet. Some common podiatric issues that pregnant woman experience are:
- Swollen legs and feet – A growing uterus means that there is added pressure on the pelvic veins, which can decrease blood flow to and from the extremities. Raised hormone levels also cause fluid retention, which can easily lead to build up in the feet and legs. In many cases, women will have to wear larger or wider shoes to accommodate the swelling. Elevating your legs, icing, and doing exercises to keep blood flowing in your feet and ankles can help alleviate swelling.
- Varicose veins – When blood pools in your veins, it can cause blue, twisted veins that are visible under your skin. These are due to the increased blood volume in your body along with hormonal changes that cause blood vessel walls to relax. The best way to combat and prevent varicose veins is to increase circulation through regular, low impact exercise.
- Arch and heel pain – The added weight of a growing uterus can impact the arches and the way the body balances. It can cause pronation, the flattening of the arch, which can stretch out the plantar fascia and cause pain or discomfort. Wearing supportive shoes and orthotics, exercising to increase circulation, and elevating the feet are ways to help with arch and heel pain.
Whether you are experiencing discomfort and pain from a pregnancy, trauma, or illness such as diabetes, it is always best to seek the advice of an experienced podiatrist. Dr. Gabriel Maislos of Houston Foot & Ankle Care has been serving the Southwest Houston area for many years and has a reputation for working closely with his patients to give the best possible care and treatment. Dr. Maislos is board-certified and treats all types of podiatric issues such as plantar fasciitis, nail fungus, and tarsal tunnel syndrome. To schedule an appointment, please call our Houston office at (713) 541-3199 today!