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Do Feet Grow During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a remarkable journey filled with countless changes to the body, and one question that often arises is whether the feet grow during this time. The answer, for the most part, is yes and no. During pregnancy, a woman's body goes through significant hormonal changes, including an increase in the hormone relaxin. This helps prepare the body for childbirth by loosening ligaments. This hormone can also affect the ligaments and joints in the feet, causing them to relax and potentially lead to a temporary increase in foot size during pregnancy. Swelling, a common side effect of pregnancy, can also make feet appear larger. However, it is essential to note that this growth also is usually temporary. After giving birth, and once hormonal levels return to normal, many women find that their feet return to their pre-pregnancy size. However, some may experience lasting changes, particularly if they gain a significant amount of weight during pregnancy. While it is possible for feet to appear to grow during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and swelling, these changes are generally not permanent. It's important to monitor foot health during pregnancy and wear shoes that fit properly, regardless of their size. If you have questions about foot growth during pregnancy, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

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 Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner 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 our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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