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Taking Care of Your Feet During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time, as soon to be mothers start to welcome change. As the body undergoes various transformations, it is crucial to prioritise your health and wellbeing to ensure a comfortable pregnancy journey, especially when it comes to your lower limbs and feet. 

The Impact Of Pregnancy On Your Body

Under normal circumstances, the body can adapt to the physical changes it experiences. However, the combination of hormonal and physical changes during pregnancy can make the body more susceptible to soft tissue injuries due to the additional weight gained. As a result, this may lead to alterations in walking, changes in posture in the lower limbs, physical adjustments in the feet, and increased muscle tension. 

The natural physical changes and weight gain during pregnancy shift the centre of mass in the body. This alteration affects an individual’s gait and prevents the even distribution of forces across the bones and joints during movement. Consequently, expectant mothers may experience considerable pressure on their knees, ankles, and feet. 

Common Reasons to Consult a Podiatrist During Pregnancy

There are several reasons why you may need to consult a Podiatrist during pregnancy. These issues often stem from changes in body weight, posture, and hormonal fluctuations that affect the strength and flexibility of your ligaments.

  1. Foot and Ankle Pain

During pregnancy, your body gains weight and your center of gravity is altered, which can lead to discomfort in your feet and ankles. This enhanced pressure could result in overuse, tension, and injury. A Podiatrist can evaluate your pain, suggest strategies for comfort and contribute to a foot-care routine that may reduce discomfort.

  1. Oedema (Swelling)

Swelling of the feet, or oedema, is common during pregnancy due to the accumulation of extra fluid in your body and the pressure of your growing uterus on the veins carrying blood from your lower extremities back to the heart. A Podiatrist can provide advice and treatments to reduce pain and swelling.

  1. Knee Pain

Pregnancy often brings about knee pain due to extra weight causing a strain on your knees. A Podiatrist might examine you to determine if this is the result of a biomechanical problem that they could correct with orthotics or a personalised exercise plan.

  1. Skin and Nail Issues

Changes in hormones during pregnancy can lead to an array of skin and nail complications including fungal infections, ingrown toenails, or cracked heels. A Podiatrist can provide treatments and suggest preventative measures for these conditions.

Always consult with your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any discomfort or pain during pregnancy. Your Podiatrist is there to assist and make sure that your feet stay healthy.

What to Expect During Your Initial Podiatrist Consultation During Pregnancy

When you visit a Podiatrist during pregnancy, a comprehensive assessment will be conducted to address your concerns and ensure the health of your feet and lower limbs. Below is a detailed overview of the areas your Podiatrist will examine during the initial consultation:

1. Vascular Check

The Podiatrist will check for proper blood flow to your lower limbs. This is important for maintaining overall foot health and preventing complications related to poor circulation during pregnancy.

2. Neurological Check

Assessment of nerve function in the feet helps to detect any potential issues related to nerve health.

3. Assessment of Skin and Nail Integrity

The Podiatrist will assess your skin and nails for any abnormalities that may require attention or treatment.

4. Footwear Check and Recommendations

Proper footwear during pregnancy is crucial for optimal foot support and comfort. The Podiatrist will examine your shoes and provide recommendations based on your foot type and individual needs.

By conducting a comprehensive assessment, your Podiatrist can address any concerns and help maintain your foot health during pregnancy. Remember to discuss any concerns or questions you have during your initial consultation, as this will help your healthcare provider better understand your needs and tailor their recommendations.

Prioritizing Foot Health for A Smoother Journey into Motherhood

Our qualified team of podiatrists are dedicated to providing a thorough assessment and personalized care. We not only diagnose any existing conditions but also educate you on the best practices to help you navigate the journey of motherhood with healthy lower limbs and feet.

During pregnancy, it is vital to pay attention to the wellbeing of your feet and lower limbs. 

By seeking the assistance of a Podiatrist, you can receive professional care and guidance to ensure a comfortable and healthy pregnancy. Prioritizing your foot health will contribute to a smoother journey into motherhood, allowing you to focus on the joys of this life-changing experience. Don’t underestimate the importance of caring for your feet during pregnancy; our expert team is here to support and guide you every step of the way.