Swollen feet may be bothersome to deal with while pregnant. Pregnant women do not have to worry, however, as there are several simple remedies they can implement even while at home to help relieve swelling. Salt buildup in the body is one of the main causes of swollen feet in pregnant women. Pregnant women should drink at least 7-8 glasses of water each day to control salt buildup. To further decrease swelling, increase blood circulation in the feet by giving your feet massages and ensuring that they are kept elevated. Soaking feet in either salt water or a solution of water and either peppermint or eucalyptus oil will also help reduce swelling.
Swollen feet can be easily treated at home with simple methods. However, if you would like the assistance of a podiatrist to help relieve swollen feet, speak to podiatrist Dr. Gary Curson, D.P.M. of Miami Area Feet. Dr. Curson will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.
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