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Pregnancy and foot problems


While gaining weight during pregnancy is healthy, it can make supporting yourself more challenging – and your feet take the brunt of it. Overpronation is when your arch falls and the feet begin to “roll in.” It’s normal for pregnant women to experience some flattening of the arch due to extra weight, but if the arch falls too much, it can become very painful and lead to plantar fasciitis.

Treating edema and overpronation

Pregnancy foot conditions can often be prevented and treated effectively by a podiatrist. Some common treatment and prevention options that can help treat these conditions include:

  • Elevation. Prop up swollen feet to help reduce and reverse swelling.
  • Ice. Ice helps reduce swelling and alleviates pain.
  • Avoiding salt and caffeine. Both substances cause your body to retain fluids, which can increase swelling.
  • Drinking water. Water helps flush excess fluids and toxins to help combat overpronation and edema.
  • Wearing supportive shoes. Proper footwear can go a long way in preventing overpronation.
  • Exercising. Physical activity helps get your blood flowing to other parts of the body besides your feet and legs. Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for edema. While being active during pregnancy is important, it’s just as important to rest and limit time on your feet to prevent edema and overpronation.

If you’re pregnant, mention any foot pain or signs of edema or overpronation to your podiatrist. Edema in particular could be a sign of other conditions during pregnancy that might require a specific treatment plan. Listen to your body and your feet, and let your foot doctor know about any concerns you may have.

Are you suffering from edema or overpronation? The podiatrists at Kansas City Foot Specialists can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and get back to enjoying life without having to deal with foot pain and foot problems.