As women get pregnant, they obviously get heavier. Their bodies also start to produce a lot of relaxin, a hormone that increases the plasticity of their ligaments. These two factors often cause expecting mothers’ feet to become inflamed and sore. Luckily, the podiatric swelling pregnant women sometimes experience can often be reduced by getting foot rubs.
Massages are known for their abilities to relieve stress and make sore muscles feel better. Their benefits for pregnant women have been documented in several studies, such as one published recently in the International Journal of Nursing Practice. In this experiment, one group of mothers-to-be received daily twenty minute foot massages for five consecutive days, while another control group did not. The women who were given foot rubs had much less swelling at the end of the five days than the women in the control group.
Foot massages and visits to a foot doctor are two great ways for pregnant women to curb the pain they sometimes develop in their lower limbs. If you are an expecting mother dealing with foot pain, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will identify the problem and get you back to full health in no time.
What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward. This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages.
How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?
- Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
- Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
- Wear shoes with good arch support
- Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
- Elevate feet if you experience swelling
- Massage your feet
- Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet
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