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How Pregnancy Changes Your Feet


A woman carries a baby for nine long months and alas, once the baby is born, she is overjoyed and elated, but on the other end, she is also relieved as the nine months were stressful, hectic, painful and came with many side effects. She is happy that she has delivered a healthy and happy baby.

This is a wonderful time for any woman, but one with many challenges as well. She is an excited and proud mother but she is also going through many emotions of fear and anxiety about how to best take care of the little one. To add to all this, the post pregnancy period is a time where new problems and conditions arise. The mother is no longer carrying a baby, but now she is struggling to get back into her routine. She most likely has her hands full with the baby’s feeding and sleeping schedule, but as a woman, she is also attempting to get back to normalcy – her weight, her eating, career, etc.

Pregnancy changes a woman forever. She goes through many bodily changes both before and after. Although it’s widely known that pregnant women often get swollen feet during the pregnancy, it is lesser known that women also suffer from foot pain and other foot ailments after delivery of the baby.

Common Foot Problems in Pregnant Women

  • Heel pain
  • Arch Pain
  • Leg Cramping
  • Pressure on knees and feet
  • Swollen Feet and Ankles
  • Varicose Veins 

Causes of Foot Problems in Pregnant Women

  • Added weight on the body due to weight gain leading to over-pronation or flat feet
  • Edema or swelling in the feet and the ankles due to an excess of blood accumulation
  • Water retention 

Remedies and Treatments

  • Arch supports
  • Comfortable shoes and buying new shoes as feet expand
  • Orthotics
  • Special hoses and stockings for legs
  • Proper hydration
  • Balanced diet
  • Light exercise regimen such as yoga and cardio. 

Pregnancy is hard but it’s also an amazing and beautiful time of every woman’s life. Although foot problems such as flat feet, swelling and pain are usually normal and quite common during pregnancy and for some time after delivery, if you are suffering from aching feet for a prolonged period of time and if you have any other symptoms such as swelling in the hands or face, changes in the color of your skin, trouble walking or discomfort when sitting and standing, you should visit a board certified podiatrist immediately. Without a prompt diagnosis and treatment, you may be at risk for developing arch problems or plantar fasciitis.

Dr. Paul S. DeMarco is a board certified podiatrist and specializes in treating women of all ages. If you are a pregnant woman or going through post-partum and suffering from foot and ankle problems, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco and his caring staff members will guide you and treat you to ensure a safe and comfortable pregnancy, and a speedy recovery process. Call Dr. Paul S. DeMarco today at (609) 927-4894 and visit us at our office in Somers Point, New Jersey. Schedule your online appointment and get healing at our state of the art facility!