Whilst the female body undergoes many changes in pregnancy, the feet are often overlooked. Two of the most common problems suffered by pregnant women are oedema (swelling) and over pronation (rolling in of the foot).
As the pregnancy progresses the centre of gravity changes resulting in a change in the stresses and mechanincs of the feet causing over pronation. This can create extreme stress or inflammation on the plantar fascia, the fibrous band of tissue that runs from the heel to the forefoot.
Oedema, also referred to as swelling in the feet, normally occurs in the latter part of pregnancy. Oedema results from the extra fluid pooling in the extremities, particularly the legs during pregnancy. When feet are swollen, they can become purplish in color.
Our podiatrists are able to provide advice and education on managing these changes during a pregnancy to help you maintain optimum foot health. They have available a plethora of tips and and treatment techniques that are safe to a pregnant person.