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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Foot Health Tips for Pregnant Women | 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

Foot Health Tips for Pregnant Women
 

Pregnancy is an exciting time that brings many changes to your body and creates unique issues for your feet. At Central Jersey Ankle and Foot Care Specialists we would like to offer some information to our patients who are pregnant or planning to have a child in the near future.

How Your Feet Are Affected

Hormones are released that cause ligaments to stretch to allow for birth but this same ligament stretching also takes place in your feet and ankles. It’s part of the reason many pregnant women experience their feet getting bigger during pregnancy. In some cases, shoe size will increase by a half or whole size. Looser ligaments also mean a greater risk of ankle twisting and sprains—something to be on guard for.

The other most common foot discomfort caused by pregnancy is swelling. The body is producing extra blood and other fluids and the growing weight of the uterus sometimes interferes with the veins that bring blood back to the heart, causing it instead to pool in feet and ankles. Many pregnant women find that by the end of the day their feet are swollen and achy, particularly during the second and third trimesters.

Tips to Help

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet, make an appointment at our Aberdeen office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel will examine your feet and help determine if anything abnormal is going on and how to best treat your uncomfortable symptoms. In the meantime, here are some tips for good foot health during pregnancy:

  •  Exercise—there are many benefits to continuing to exercise during pregnancy but for your feet, it will help keep the blood circulating and can help reduce swelling.
  • Make good footwear choices—a growing belly means your center of gravity will continue to change and balance may be an issue. Stick with lower heels and sturdy shoes. Make sure shoes have good arch and ankle support as well. The extra weight of pregnancy can cause some women to have arch issues which can lead to heel pain; arch support can help prevent this.
  • Put your feet up—take breaks throughout the day and elevate your feet to help reduce swelling.
  • Control fluid retention—drinking lots of water and reducing salt and caffeine intake can help your body flush out excess fluids and not retain as much water.
  • Listen to your body—don’t overdo it. When your feet hurt and are swollen, take a rest.

 

If you have any other questions about your feet during pregnancy, contact our Monmouth County office by calling: 732-566-2841.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Foot Health Tips for Pregnant Women, 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