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Are Swollen Ankles Normal During Pregnancy?

Having swollen feet and ankles is common during pregnancy. Some women refer to their swollen ankles as "cankles." The swelling can be quite evident in the third trimester, especially toward the end of the pregnancy. This is because of the increased blood and fluids the body produces while pregnant, which is necessary to support the growing fetus. It is suggested during pregnancy to drink plenty of water daily, avoid crossing your legs, and limit salt intake and time spent in the heat to help mitigate swollen feet and ankles. It is also helpful to elevate the feet, wear comfortable shoes, and engage in a gentle, consistent exercise routine. If you have questions about how your pregnancy can affect your feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful relief tips.

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 Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM from Leander Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 Leander, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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