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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.

By Crofton Podiatry
May 25, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

Have you ever wondered why your feet get swollen? One minute your feet fit into your shoes normally, but later that day, they feel tighter or you can’t even get them on! Maybe they feel heavier or even numb. What’s going on?

Swelling of the feet, ankles, and legs is also called Peripheral Edema. It can happen to anyone, for a variety of reasons. They can be short- or long-term occurrences, happen on one or both sides, and may or may not be painful, depending on the cause of swelling. While not always caused by a serious problem, swollen feet can indicate a more serious underlying problem. The following are possible reasons for swollen feet:

  • Being Overweight, Standing for long periods of time, or Inactivity – These conditions can cause blood and fluid to have a hard time returning up to the upper part of the body. Having regular periods of activity can increase blood flow and circulation to prevent or reduce swelling in the lower part of the body.

  • Hormonal Changes, including Menstrual Periods or Pregnancy – Your body reacts to hormonal changes to try to protect you. Retaining fluid during pregnancy can be normal, as long as it is not extreme or uneven. If you have severe edema or swelling only on one foot or leg, it may be a sign of something more serious. Contact your doctor.

  • Insect Bite or Allergic Reaction – Swelling can happen as a result of these events. If swelling does not go down, use allergy medications and go to the emergency room if reaction is severe.

  • Medication or Medical Procedure Side Effect – Some medications can cause changes in the body, such as hormonal changes or causing blood to thicken. Blood or fluid can thicken and cause edema. Additionally, procedures like surgery can cause inflammation and swelling.

  • Foot or Ankle Injury – Swelling is a normal reaction to injuries as a protective measure. Use the RICE method to reduce swelling. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate the leg)

  • Infection – Swelling can occur when you have an infection – look for symptoms like redness, pain, or an open wound.

  • Venous Insufficiency including Blood Clot and varicose veins – Vein disorders can cause inadequate blood flow through the veins. They cause the blood to pool at the restrictive point or blockage, causing swelling. Blood clots and varicose veins are the common causes.

  • Lymphedema  – This condition is when there is damage to lymph nodes in your lymphatic system. It causes a blockage to fluids which build up and cause swelling.
     
  • Heart, Liver, or Kidney Disease – When there are problems with these organs, your body may have a reaction of swelling near the feet or ankles due to fluid buildup.

Do you have concerns about swelling in your feet or ankles? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 to get an assessment to make sure that the swelling is not an indication of something more serious. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.




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