Pregnancy and Podiatry

Pregnancy is a beautiful and transformative journey, but it can also bring about various discomforts and challenges for expectant mothers. While most people are aware of the typical physical changes that occur during pregnancy, such as weight gain and hormonal shifts, fewer may consider the impact it can have on the feet and lower extremities. Podiatrists can be helpful in minimising this impact.

During pregnancy, weight gain and hormonal changes can put extra stress on the feet and ankles, leading to discomfort, pain, and swelling. The release of relaxin hormone during pregnancy especially leads to the ligaments in the body becoming more elastic, including those in the feet. This can lead to overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the feet) and exacerbate flat feet. Podiatrists are trained to evaluate and treat various foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, arch pain, and swollen feet.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also make women more susceptible to certain foot conditions, such as fungal infections and ingrown toenails. These conditions can be uncomfortable, painful, and potentially lead to complications. Podiatrists can help with these conditions with a combination of nail care and advise on suitable treatment options.

Pregnancy is a time of immense joy, but it can also present unique challenges for a woman’s feet and lower extremities. Consulting a podiatrist during pregnancy can help manage and alleviate various foot conditions and discomforts, allowing expectant mothers to fully enjoy this remarkable journey. By addressing foot pain, managing pronation, treating infections, and providing preventive measures, podiatry plays an essential role in promoting maternal comfort and overall well-being during and after pregnancy.