Studies have shown that the two main causes of injuries to women during pregnancy are car accidents and falling due to balance control problems. In fact, about one-fourth of pregnant women fall while pregnant, and many fall more than once. Data shows that most such falls occur indoors, and a large percentage of these involve stairs. Weight gain and shifts in a woman’s center of gravity are largely responsible. Walking balance and speed are also among the main contributors to falls during pregnancy. A third problem is thought to be a lack of total concentration on their external environment. Another potential cause of falling is being sedentary during pregnancy, which can decrease leg and foot strength and hamper the body’s ability to react quickly. For that reason, some experts suggest engaging in some form of light exercise. To find out more about the dangers of falls during pregnancy and how to prevent them, please consult a podiatrist.
Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is overpronation, 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
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.