Your whole body changes during pregnancy, and you might notice the effects from your face all the way down to your feet. In fact, by the time you reach your third trimester, your feet might be going through major changes.
Fortunately, employing a few tips can help you keep the worst pregnancy-related podiatric problems at bay. To minimize issues like swelling, cramping, ingrown toenails, and more, Christopher Vittori, DPM, and Ameet Thakrar, DPM, recommend doing these five things.
And if you want some added foot care during your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to visit us at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist in Homer Glen and New Lenox, Illinois.
#1: Give it a rest
Late in your pregnancy, try to stay off your feet as much as possible.
The added weight takes a toll on your feet, but that’s not the only reason to let yourself rest. As your body makes more relaxin, the ligaments in your feet can lengthen. This can cause your arch to flatten, making walking significantly more uncomfortable.
Ultimately, the third trimester is the time to take it easy.
#2: Change your shoes
If staying off your feet isn’t an option or you just want to enjoy as much mobility as possible, be choosy about your shoes. Dr. Thakrar and Dr. Vittori can help you identify good footwear options. These provide your feet the added support they need during pregnancy while providing extra room for potential swelling.
For fewer foot problems and more comfort during your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to talk to us about the right shoes for you.
#3: Elevate your feet
When you are able to rest, keep your feet elevated. This helps to minimize swelling in your feet and legs.
If you have a spot you normally rest, like a specific seat on the couch, set it up so you can easily prop your feet up on something soft. An ottoman with a pillow on top, for example, gives you a way to easily elevate your feet.
#4: Ask for help
As your belly grows, doing certain tasks gets harder. That’s particularly true when it comes to caring for your feet.
In fact, difficulty reaching the feet plays a big role in the high frequency of ingrown toenails and cracked heels pregnant women experience. Find someone — whether that’s your partner, a friend, or a family member — whom you feel comfortable asking for foot care help. That person can trim your toenails and apply moisturizer to help protect your feet from problems once you can no longer reach them yourself.
#5: Talk with us
If you notice any unwelcome changes in your feet, make an appointment with Dr. Vittori or Dr. Thakrar. In most cases, addressing the issue early makes it easier to bring you relief.
You don’t have to go through your pregnancy with foot discomfort. To get the dedicated foot care you need, call or schedule an appointment online today with Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist.