Helpful tips for mums to be

I recently read this article (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/women_shealth/9903669/Pregnancy-permanently-alters-foot-size.html) and it got me thinking about some helpful tips for mums to be.

In the latter stages of pregnancy foot pain is often overlooked and this should not be the case as often it is treatable.

The reason foot pain can occur is twofold; firstly weight gain that alters centre of gravity and therefore walking patterns; secondly the release of two hormones (progesterone and relaxin) which causes ligaments to relax and loosen joints.

Loosening of joints can as the aforementioned article states that your feet could become larger, but more importantly can also cause excess pronation (feet rolling inwards).

Excess pronation can be the cause of many conditions including plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, and a contributing factor to symphysis pubic dysfunction (SPD).

Another problem pregnancy can bring is ankle oedema (swelling)…… Oedema results from increased blood volume and pressure from the enlarging uterus. The uterus puts pressure on the blood and lymph vessels in the pelvis and legs causing circulation to slow and.

This is normal swelling but if this also occurs in the face or hands, a doctor should be contacted as a matter of emergency as this is a sign of pre-eclampsia. Another important reason to see your midwife/GP would be if the swelling was asymmetrical.

Oedema can be helped/minimised by:

  • Sensible footwear nothing constricting as this further slows circulation
  • Foot elevation to above hip height when possible and avoid sitting with legs down for long periods
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Keeping well hydrated
  • Exercise- no better way to increase stagnant blood flow

So….. if you suffering from foot pain then please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists to discuss the options to you whether it be as simple as footwear advice or more involved with the use of insoles/orthoses.

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