Ashley, one of our medical assistants, is expecting her second child. We were reminiscing our first pregnancies and I, like many others, experienced the wonderful feeling of morning sickness, nausa, and heart burn. Luckily Ashley didn’t experience any of these symptoms! What’s even more pleasant is that so far she hasn’t experienced these symptoms with her second pregnancy either. The one symptom Ashley is encountering is the most common podiatric problems experience by expecting mothers- edema.
Moms to be often experience more than ordinary swelling of feet and ankles. This can actually aggravate existing foot conditions and promote inflammation or irritation. Pregnancy also triggers the release of hormones that enhance loose ligaments, which can contribute to foot strain.
Follow these tips to help overcome these problems:
- Allow time each day to stay off your feet
- Elevate your feet and legs when you are sitting to help prevent and reduce swelling
- Don't sit for long periods of time
- If problems do develop, please contact our office
Pregnant women need to observe good foot health to prevent pain and discomfort. Since the body undergoes changes and acquires a new weight-bearing stance, women should wear shoes with broad-based heels that provide support and absorb shock. Additional body weight also calls for more support.
We offer a variety of shoegear from sandals to tennis shoes to accommodate these changes. Our shoes can be ordered in wide widths and even special material that stretches as the foot swells during the day. Aetrex Sandalista Sandals come with adjustable straps to allow for swelling.
If you or someone you know suffers from the most common podiatric pregnancy problem, call 309-661-9975 to make an appointment.