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Understanding Numb Feet During Pregnancy

The phenomenon of numb feet during pregnancy is a common yet often perplexing experience for expectant mothers. The increased pressure on blood vessels and nerves, primarily in the lower extremities, is a key factor contributing to this sensation. As the uterus expands to accommodate the growing baby, it can exert pressure on the pelvic blood vessels, hindering optimal circulation. This reduced blood flow to the feet can result in numbness and tingling sensations. Furthermore, hormonal changes during pregnancy can impact nerve function, amplifying the likelihood of experiencing numbness. While this occurrence is generally harmless, pregnant women must prioritize proper footwear, avoid prolonged periods of standing, and incorporate gentle exercises to promote circulation. If you are experiencing foot pain or numbing sensations during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide you with additional relief methods.

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 one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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