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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen 4 Foot Concerns During Pregnancy | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

4 Foot Concerns During Pregnancy
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen 4 Foot Concerns During Pregnancy | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Being pregnant brings many changes to a woman’s body. For the most part, however, it’s not your feet that you’re most focused on. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, we want to alert pregnant patients to some potential areas of discomfort, as well as offer some tips to help your feet carry you through this special time as painlessly as possible:

  1. Swelling—during pregnancy your body experiences an increased volume of fluids. Due to the fact that you are vertical most of the day, the excess fluids will accumulate in your feet and you may experience swelling (also known as edema) in your feet and ankles, which can be uncomfortable and even painful. Drinking plenty of water may sound counterintuitive but it actually helps flush extra water from your body. Avoiding standing for long periods of time and not wearing socks with tight elastic tops can also help.
  2. Ankle sprains—your body will release hormones that help ligaments relax and expand to ease the birth process. Unfortunately, this hormone doesn’t differentiate and will also relax the ligaments in your ankle, increasing the risk of sprains and strains. Changes in your center of gravity as the pregnancy progresses can also throw you off balance. Be extra careful on stairs and stepping off curbs or on uneven surfaces. Also, avoid high heels.
  3. Ingrown toenails—did you know that your foot size may increase by a half or a whole size when you are pregnant? Ligament-relaxing hormones and weight gain are the culprits. This can result in shoes that are too tight and squeeze the toes together—a prime scenario for causing ingrown toenails. Switch to wider shoes during the last trimester of your pregnancy if your toes feel cramped.
  4. Arch pain—the strain of carrying the extra weight that comes with pregnancy can cause a flattening of the arch that can cause pain in your arch and heel. Stretching your feet every morning and wearing shoes with good arch support can help alleviate this pain.

 

For all pregnant women, taking breaks throughout the day and putting your feet up is good advice. If you do encounter foot or ankle problems during pregnancy that rest doesn’t seem to alleviate, contact our Aberdeen office for an appointment so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel can examine your feet and be sure they are staying as healthy as the rest of your body.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing 4 Foot Concerns During Pregnancy, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen