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April 15, 2015: Caring for your feet during pregnancy

Caring for your feet during pregnancy.

At Maidenhead Podiatry we find foot care during pregnancy is often overlooked with treatment only being sought towards the end of term, and frequently only because feet can no longer be reached.

Pregnancy means many changes in a woman’s body and there are common changes that develop over the nine month term.

One of these complaints, usually ignored, is changes to feet and foot pain.

A woman’s centre of gravity moves forward during pregnancy due to the natural weight gain.

This leads to a new weight-bearing stance adding pressure in the knees and feet and a simple set of orthotics can bring relief and make life easier.

Other common foot problems experienced by pregnant woman are over- pronation (rolling the foot inwards), odema (swelling), and the build up of hard skin (callous) or corns as a direct consequence of increased pressure and friction.

This can lead to pain in the heel, inner arch, or the ball-of-foot.

Relaxin is a hormone produced during pregnancy by the ovaries and placenta with important effects in the female reproductive system in preparation for childbirth, including relaxing the ligaments in the pelvis to facilitate birth.

However, it also relaxes ligaments in the feet contributing to changes including pain and broadening of the foot. Changes to the shape of the feet during pregnancy are often permanent.

Many women may also experience leg cramping and varicose veins largely due to weight gain.

Because of this, it is important to learn more about foot health during pregnancy to help make this nine month period more comfortable.

If you would like more information or to make an appointment with one of our Podiatrists, call Maidenhead Podiatry on 01629 773588 or e-mail info@maidenheadpodiatry.co.uk.