Becoming a mother is one of the most exciting things that can happen to a woman. There is so much joy and excitement surrounding pregnancy, don't let foot pain get in the way. Pregnancy can cause everything from swollen feet to leg cramps. This list of symptoms and how to prevent them from the American Podiatric Medical Association may help expecting mothers avoid some discomfort in their feet and legs.
Swollen feet, Change in Shoe Size, Color Changes
Put your feet up whenever possible
Uncross legs and ankles while seated
Stretch legs frequently while sitting
Wear comfortable shoes
Measure feet periodically
Overpronation or Flat Feet
Wear comfortable footwear that provides a lot of support and shock absorption
Avoid High Heels
Warm-up properly before exercising
Exercise and stretch daily
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See a podiatrist for treatment
Don't walk barefoot or wear backless shoes
Wear shoes with a strong, supportive arch and firm heel
Cramps in the Legs and Feet
Walk the Cramp Out
Rotate ankles 10 times right, then 10 times left
If you experience any painful or drastic changes in your feet during or after pregnancy, be sure to see a podiatrist. Call our office at 419-423-1888 or visit our website to schedule an appointment. Most importantly, enjoy your newborn!