Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What you should know about your feet during pregnancy

Did you know that during pregnancy, your feet experience dynamic changes attributed to fluid retention and increase in soft tissue.  Believe it or not, this is not secondary to stretching, weakness, or ligament laxity.

Here are 5 important facts to know about your feet during pregnancy:
  1. Feet measurements in width and length are increased during pregnancy.
  2. Edema (swelling) in the feet, ankles, and legs are common and can be expected.
  3. Venous insufficiency and varicose veins can be seen in the foot and leg.
  4. Conditioning exercises are not only important to maintain posture but also decrease load on the foot and ankle.
  5. During GAIT, pregnant women have increased demand on the calf-muscle group and over-pronate
In order to help prevent foot problems during your pregnancy, here are three proven methods:
  1. Compression stockings and edema control with elevation
  2. Custom or physician approved orthotics to improve foot function and mechanics
  3. Stretching and conditional exercises to help limit load on the weakened muscle groups
If you have any questions or discomfort with your feet during your pregnancy, then consult with your foot and ankle specialist.

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