Foot care tips during pregnancy

During pregnancy your body is affected in many ways as you prepare for your new arrival.

Hormonal change, weight gain & the change in your centre of gravity may increase pressure on your feet.

As your pregnancy progresses, issues that commonly affect the feet can sometimes be overlooked.

Addressing these issues early will certainly make your pregnancy more comfortable and may help to prevent the development of longer term painful conditions.

Listed below are some simple steps you can take to ensure your feet remain happy & healthy during your pregnancy.

Swelling in the feet and legs

Cause: The uterus puts pressure on the veins in the pelvis which slows down the return of blood to the heart. The veins in the feet are also affected which can cause swelling in both legs and feet. The swelling is usually symmetrical and can be very uncomfortable. If unilateral swelling occurs you should seek advice from your physician.

Tip: Elevate your legs when sitting down and have your feet measured throughout your pregnancy if you notice any change. Your foot size can start to vary from 3 months onwards and may continue throughout your pregnancy. Correct fitting footwear that both accommodating and supportive is very important. Look for footwear that has a fastening plus plenty of room in the toe box to avoid pressure that can cause corns or callus.

Sprains and injury to your feet

Cause: The hormone relaxin prepares the body for both carrying and delivery of your baby. It not only affects your pelvis but also increases the flexibility of the ligaments in your feet which may make you more prone to sprain or injury.

Tip: To avoid injury during during pregnancy supportive footwear must be worn. Trainers with mid-foot support and a firm heel cup are a good choice. If you continue to experience pain in your feet seek advice from a Podiatrist.

Flat feet

Cause: The increase in pressure and weight on your feet can cause weakening of your foot arches.

Tip: Visit a Podiatrist who can advise on effective inserts for your footwear - they provide effective support and help prevent common painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

Corns & Callus and In-growing toenails

Cause: Due to weight gain and swelling of your feet, corns and callus formation are far more common. These can occur at the bottom of your foot or in-between the toes. In-growing toenails are also common and it is important to have correct fitting shoes with a wide toe box to avoid digital pressure.

Tip: Using an effective cream with the component Urea in will help to hydrate the skin. Do not use medicated corn plasters as they can damage delicate foot tissue and may cause ulceration.

If you experience any of the above conditions you should seek advice from a Podiatrist.

For further information and guidance, ask for Annie the Podiatrist at the Greenwich Natural Health Centre.

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