Effective Methods of Managing Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

One of the most common side effects of pregnancy is swollen feet. It happens as a result of increased fluids that are necessary for the fetus’s development, and can be quite uncomfortable. It often becomes worse as the pregnancy progresses, which may happen from the pressure the growing baby puts on the veins. The majority of women cannot prevent swollen feet from occurring during their pregnancy, although there are methods that can be implemented which can reduce its severity. Walking during the day is instrumental in maintaining good circulation, and drinking plenty of water daily can help to shed excess sodium. Sleeping on the left side may take pressure off of the vein that causes the swelling, and wearing compression socks may lead the feet to feeling better. If you would like more information about how to reduce swollen feet, please ask a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief tips.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Footcare Now. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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