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By Crofton Podiatry
February 13, 2019
Category: Pregnant footcare
Tags: swelling   exercise   pregnancy   orthotic  

Are you growing a little one in your belly? Congratulations!

It’s incredible how the body knows to make changes to not only support the weight of the growing baby but also to help prepare for the birthing process. During pregnancy, the heart rate increases, blood flow increases, and soft tissues and bones stretch and shift to make room. As a result of these changes, the mother-to-be’s body can experience a lot of symptoms, like ligament pain, back aches, and swelling hands and feet.

For the feet in particular, here are some things that you can expect (although each woman’s pregnancy can be different):

  • Swelling – As the pregnancy continues, the body might retain more fluid to help become more malleable as needed. The feet can suffer the most obvious swelling because, being the farthest away from the heart, it has a more difficult time returning fluids to the top half of the body. When the baby is larger in the belly, it can physically be the cause of slower circulation back to the top half of the body. Exercise and elevating the feet can help!
  • Pins-and-Needles/Tingling – When there is increased swelling, your nerves might become compressed, and blood flow might be constricted. These can cause you to have a tingling or pins-and-needles sensation. This can be felt more if you’ve been standing all day or if your feet start to swell while you are exercising. Be sure that your shoes are not too tight.
  • Pressure Point and Joint Pain – Certain parts of the feet that experience more pressure can be more sensitive to aches and pains. Elevate the feet and rest them whenever you are sitting to help them recover.
  • Flattened arches – The extra weight that you carry, especially toward the end of the 2nd trimester, and in the 3rd trimester can cause your arches to become stretched out. They can become flattened as the feet work harder to support the weight gain. Wear supportive shoes and/or use orthotic inserts to help reduce pain along the bottom of the feet.

If you are experiencing moderate to severe pain in your feet during pregnancy, see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll to help you figure out the best solution. Pay special attention to any uneven swelling in the legs or feet, as this can indicate an issue with blood clots. To make an appointment, call Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505, which provides services to Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
March 28, 2018
Category: Pregnant footcare
Tags: Orthotics   yoga   pregnancy   cycling  

With pregnancy comes a lot of DOs and DON’Ts. DO take prenatal vitamins! DON’T eat sushi! DO exercise, but DON’T do too much! What’s a pregnant mama to do?

At Crofton Podiatry, we know that it can get pretty confusing when it comes to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. We’ve collected some tips on what to expect when it comes to “pregnancy feet” as well as exercises you can do to stay active and relieve swelling.

What to Expect for your feet:

  • Pregnant women will most likely see swelling in the lower half of the body. As the body softens to prepare for expansion, it retains more water in the skin and bones. In addition, the growing baby takes up space, reducing the flow rate of blood and fluids back to the upper half of the body. 
  • Don’t be alarmed if your shoes do not fit, especially in the latter half of the day. Wear comfortable shoes during the day, taking breaks to sit and elevate the feet as often as you can.
  • Watch for signs of uneven swelling as this can indicate a clot, which needs immediate medical attention.

Exercises for your “pregnancy feet”:

  • It’s great for your body and your baby if you stay physically active throughout your pregnancy. Do not start or increase the amount you exercise, but if you have been physically active, continue this healthy habit.
  • Take walks – this can help you increase overall body circulation as your leg muscles and heart muscles pump blood and fluids up and around your body.
  • Water aerobics – this is one of the best ways to get full body exercise without the strain of carrying the full amount of the baby’s weight. It will reduce strain on your back as you exercises.
  • Foot exercises – Flex and point the feet, rotate the ankles and do some toe scrunches to get the feet active. You can do this while sitting on a chair, but even better if you can sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you and your hands on the floor behind you to support you.
  • Yoga – There are several poses that are safe to do while you are pregnant. If you are not sure, it’s best to go to a prenatal yoga class to get the benefits of stretching, strengthening, and balance poses to increase circulation and get your heart pumping a bit.
  • Cycling – This is a great low-impact cardiovascular exercise.
  • Dancing – Some mild dance aerobics classes are also good for you, as long as you don’t feel a strain in your legs or back.

We certainly encourage you to stay physically active, but only do what feels comfortable for you. If you notice excessive swelling or have problems in your feet or ankles, make an appointment by calling our office at (410) 721-4505 to consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. He can assess your feet and, if necessary, help you with custom orthotics during your pregnancy. Our podiatry team in Crofton, MD serves the surrounding areas of Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD.




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