Does pregnancy affect your feet?

Pregnancy and your feetPregnancy absolutely affects your feet in several ways, which may or may not cause some level of discomfort for expectant mothers. Natural weight gain from carrying your bundle of joy can put extra pressure on your lower limbs. This can contribute to sore feet and heel pain from the extra stress on your connective tissues. The extra weight can actually make your feet larger, too—the pressure slightly flattens your natural arch, making your lower limbs longer and possibly wider. You may notice an increase in overpronation as a result as well, which may make you more prone to arch and heel pain problems.

The pressure can also contribute to other side effects like swelling, spider veins, and muscle cramping. The key is to keep an eye on any changes in your lower limbs and, if they don’t improve with a little home care, have them checked and treated. Pregnancy changes don’t have to include foot pain. Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. wants to make sure you stay pain-free while carrying your bundle of joy. Make an appointment at our Cherry Creek, Parker, or Castle Pines, CO, locations by calling (303) 805-5156.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC