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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen 4 Ways to Make Pregnancy Easier on Your Feet | 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.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

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

4 Ways to Make Pregnancy Easier on Your Feet
 

Pregnancy_Easier_on_Your_Feet.jpgIf you are expecting, we at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists want to say, “Congratulations!“ During this wondrous time you are probably aware that your body will go through many changes. What you may not have counted on, however, is the impact pregnancy can have on your feet. 

Below are some tips to help make this time more comfortable.

1.    Drink lots of water. Your body will naturally be producing extra fluid during your pregnancy. Thanks to gravity, your feet and ankles become the receptacles of the excess fluid and can become painfully swollen. This is also known as edema. During the summer months, the heat and humidity can make edema even worse. Although it sounds counterintuitive, drinking plenty of water will help your body rid itself of fluids. It’s also a good idea to put your feet up (elevate higher than your heart) several times throughout the day.

2.    Modify shoe choices. It won’t be obvious at first, but as the baby grows and your shape and size changes, you’ll want to choose shoes with low, wide heels for stability. In addition, hormones that your body releases to relax ligaments in the birth canal have the same effect on the ligaments in your feet. As these relax, your feet spread a bit and your may find that you need to go up a shoe size for the latter half of your pregnancy. Don’t continue to cram feet into shoes that are too tight or you will end up with foot pain and an increased risk for ingrown toenails too.

3.    Be extra careful of tripping hazards. As the pregnancy progresses, your center of balance will change with the growth of the baby. This will naturally throw off your balance a bit and also make it harder to see what is in front of you. Be aware of changes in pavement height and small objects like pebbles in your path. Loose ligaments (see above) also increases the risk of twisting your ankle.

4.    Don’t ignore foot pain. Although some soreness and aching feet at the end of the day is to be expected, sharp pains and pain that is not relieved when you put your feet up should be addressed by podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo to ensure that no foot disorders such as plantar fasciitis or temporary flat foot are present. Make an appointment at our Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing 4 Ways to Make Pregnancy Easier on Your Feet, 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