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Pregnancy and the feet. What changes can i expect ?

For all the pregnant women and mothers out there, Relaxin is a hormone which is produced during pregnancy to aid the ligaments in the pelvis to relax during birth. Unfortunately a side effect of this hormone is that it can effect the length, width and shape of the feet during and after pregnancy (as if we haven't been through enough!). Furthermore the extra weight gained during pregnancy can make changes to the feet also. Some of these changes will be discussed further below and how a podiatrist can help!

Changes to foot type / sizing

  • During pregnancy and after, a common foot change is the lowering of the arch due to the relaxing of ligaments in the foot. This can also be coupled with extra force being

exerted on the feet due to increased weight. For some women this does not cause a problem but it is common to cause pain in the arch or a condition called Plantar Fasciitis, inflammation/micro trauma of the fascia which runs along the bottom of the foot. This is can also be described as heel pain.

  • Other changes that can occur include the foot lengthening, going up a shoes size is quite common. The foot widening can also be an issue. Particularly if old footwear begin to rub on the feet causing corns or blisters.

How can a Podiatrist help?

  • Footwear assessment- to insure that your shoes are the correct length and width to help prevent corns and blisters.

  • Skin and nail care - to help with corns or blisters if they have already appeared. Also help with toe nail cutting if it is getting a bit difficult to reach down to the feet. If you are wanting to pampered ask about our PODSPA.

  • Heel pain or arch pain treatment - including tapping, Ultrasound therapy, laser, interferential and Shockwave. A footwear assessment could also be carried out for this as it is important that you are wearing a supportive shoe.

Loss of muscle strength

If you have not been able to remain active during pregnancy you might have also lost some strength and endurance in your lower legs and feet. Returning to exercise may need to a gradual process where your feet are getting used to your new foot shape.

How can a Podiatrist help ?

  • Footwear assessment- to ensure that you are wearing shoes which are suitable to the activity that you are planning on returning too.

  • Biomechanics assessment- to check the strength of muscles in your lower limb and help to prevent issues.

  • Exercise program - to help improve any weaknesses that may have been found during the assessment.

If you have been experiencing any foot pain during or after pregnancy and want to find out what a podiatrist could do for you please contact us at or 8648 7678 or come in store to chat to our friendly staff.

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