How to Care for Swollen and Sore Feet While Pregnant

Many women experience general fatigue and soreness throughout their entire body while pregnant but a large complaint is sore feet and swelling.  Swelling in the feet is often caused by extra fluid in the body and pressure caused by the growing uterus.  Although sudden swelling in the face or hands may be a sign of a condition known as preeclampsia, mild swelling of the ankles and feet is usually no cause for concern.  Because pregnant women are susceptible to achy and swelling feet, it is very important to watch for symptoms and address them.

In women who experience swollen feet during pregnancy, the swelling typically:

  • appears gradually
  • is equal in both feet
  • appears worse by the end of the day
  • lessens when they lie down or raise the feet
  • is worse in hot weather

Achy feet are a common condition in pregnant women as well.  What tends to happen as the pregnancy progresses, more weight and pressure are put on their feet.  This extra pressure can cause arches to stretch and feet to widen.  These changes can cause pain.

Here are a few tips to help reduce swelling and pain and for general foot care while pregnant:

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot. Wear a supportive sandal, house shoe or slipper as an alternative
  • Wear shoes with good arch support – no flimsy shoes that are easily rolled up like a burrito
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate your feet if you experience swelling. Sleeping with a pillow under your legs is helpful.
  • Get foot massages
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking which will promote blood circulation to the feet

If you or a pregnant woman that you know are having foot pains call Dr. Hollander today, 707-578-1222, as he can give you a proper treatment algorithm that will help heal your symptoms and give you relief.