Pregnancy & Foot
There is no doubt that pregnancy is an amazing experience; however, it brings lots of challenges and changes to the body.
Foot are not exempted from those changes; in fact, there are several foot related problems that a woman can experience through pregnancy, such as Over-Pronation, Edema and Foot Cramps.
Pregnant women might want to add a visit to a Podiatrist as party of their care regime should foot pain and cramps begin. Do Not Ignore Foot Pain!
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Take advantage! Being pregnant is the perfect reason to get feet massages. Those will make you feel better and will relieve some of your swelling and discomfort in your feet.
Pronation is the normal flexible motion and flattening of the arch of the foot. When a woman starts gaining weight during pregnancy, the foot experiences an extra pressure, which causes the arch to flatten.
Over-pronation or flat feet can make walking a painful experience and increases strain on the feet calves and/or back. Over-pronation is also very prominent in people who have flexible, flat feet or in people who are obese.
Treatment for over-pronation involves:
It is important to treat over-pronation for pain relief but also to prevent other foot conditions from developing such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Metatarsalgia, Post Tibial Tendonitis and Bunions.
During pregnancy, the excess of blood and fluid your body produces and the pressure applied from the enlarged uterus to the blood vessels can cause swelling or Edema. This swelling occurs typically in the final trimester of pregnancy.
How to control the swelling or minimize the symptoms?
With all this swelling and changes on your feet and ankles, it is normal to experience muscle contractions or cramps in your lower extremities.
Foot cramps can be extremely painful and they are more common at night when legs and feet are tired; however, the best way to ease the pain is to walk it out when they occur.
To prevent foot and leg problems developing along the pregnancy, alternate circulation boosting exercises, this includes having a lot of rest and stretching exercises before bed.