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Eating Healthy Foods May Help Swollen Feet

Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

Swollen feet is a condition many pregnant women battle with. This is a common foot ailment that can be a result of the growing baby, and thickened blood that can put pressure on the pelvis and feet. Additionally, specific hormones may cause the veins to become relaxed, and this may change the speed blood is moved throughout the body. It can be helpful to perform gentle foot stretches during the course of the day, which may alleviate a portion of the swelling. Research has indicated that staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is important in reducing fluid that is stored in the tissues. This can also be achieved by eating healthy foods that can include asparagus, celery, watermelon, and other foods that can increase elimination of water. If you would like more information about how to reduce swelling in your feet, especially while you are pregnant, please speak with a podiatrist.

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 University Foot and Ankle Center, L.L.C. 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 East Brunswick, and Monroe Township, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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