Oh, baby: foot care during your pregnancy
An upcoming addition to the family is the most exciting time, but also one that means a lot of changes for the new mom — both emotionally and physically.
During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes changes that often lead to pain in the feet and lower extremities. Weight changes alter the center of gravity and place increased strain on the feet. Swelling during the third trimester can also cause serious foot pain and difficulty walking. Hormonal changes can cause ligament laxity, which can put additional pressure on the feet and lower legs. Many pregnant women suffer from extreme foot and lower body pain, particularly during the later stages of pregnancy.
What’s the difference between a podiatrist and a medical doctor?
When you’re hurt or sick, you know you should see a doctor, but what about when you hurt your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Is it wise to go see a regular medical doctor (MD)? While an MD is certainly capable of providing you an adequate level of care, the best foot and ankle treatment is provided by a podiatrist (DPM, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine).
Are you wearing the right shoes?
Shoes are an important part of your everyday wardrobe, and there are thousands of styles, colors, fabrics, and fits to choose from.
But finding the right shoes is about much more than just fashion. Some shoes can actually encourage or aggravate foot disorders and pain. The wrong style or an improper fit could leave you with a foot problem that interferes with your daily activities.
Do you have flatfeet?
A normal human foot has a gap, or arch, on the underside that naturally forms during the early years of childhood. For some people, that arch never develops or it loosens over time, resulting in flatfeet or fallen arches.
The foot’s arch plays a role in how you walk. If the arch is flat or too low to the ground, this can strain certain muscles, tendons, and joints in the feet and legs. It can cause overpronation when you walk or run. Most frequently, it puts strain on the ankles that are forced to turn inward as you step.