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Drinking Water and Foot Health During Pregnancy

Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

An individual requires a significant amount of water every day. Many people drink far less water than is recommended on a daily basis. This might become problematic during a pregnancy. Pregnant women can reap many health benefits by drinking water daily and staying hydrated. Some of these benefits are linked to foot health. For example, when pregnant women drink a lot of water during pregnancy, this can reduce the amount of salt in the body, which leads to a reduction in puffiness or swelling. Drinking coffee can complicate matters by exacerbating dehydration. If you are pregnant or planning to be, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist so that you can plan to best protect the health of your feet. 

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 Naim G. Shaheed, DPM from Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. Our doctor 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 Lithonia/Stonecrest and Emory/Midtown, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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