Pregnancy has a huge effect on your feet, sometimes in surprising ways. One of the most common issues with pregnancy and your feet is edema, or swelling. Extra weight and pressure from a weight-bearing stance that accommodates your growing belly can contribute to swelling in your feet and ankles. Cramping feet and spider veins are common consequences of weight gain as well. Many women develop a problem with overpronation, which can lead to arch, heel, and even ball of the foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is, unfortunately, a possible side effect of all this, too.
Changes in hormones, along with added weight gain, can cause your feet to widen and flatten. This can actually increase your shoe size. Many women need to change their footwear to avoid pain from pinched feet. The right foot care can help you adjust to all these changes and take steps to alleviate any discomfort that may arise. Dr. Darren Silvester and our team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic is more than happy to help you. Just make an appointment at our Pleasanton office through our website, or by calling (830) 569-3338.