pregnancy feet Relaxing Blamed for Changing Foot Size in PregnancyStudies show that pregnant women who are not on their feet too much may develop flat feet problems and changes in foot size.
According to the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published in Iowa, when women are pregnant and less active, the size of their feet become bigger and in some unusual cases do not revert back to their original size after the baby is born.

 “The prolonged carrying of all those lovely extra pounds pressing on the arches and spreads the bones of the feet” the research said. In the research 34 of the subjects were found to have wider and longer feet due to extra hormones that occur during pregnancy. On a positive note, the research has shown that the changes in a woman’s feet usually occur only with their firstborn and not with another.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

What foot problems arise during pregnancy?

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.  
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How to keep feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Orthotics can provide extra support for your feet and helps to evenly distribute weight
  • Try not to walk barefoot whenever possible
  • Wear shoes with good arch support and allow good circulation
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions, contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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