Is there anything I can do for my foot pain when I'm pregnant?


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Pregnancy provides many changes, not the least of which is a gain of weight in a short period of time. Because of the fast weight gain during pregnancy, as well as changes in mechanics and gait, the feet have to adapt to the additional pressure and can become painful. Unfortunately, NSAIDs, such as Advil or Aleve, would be most effective but cannot be used during pregnancy.

There are many other ways to reduce foot pain when someone is pregnant (and with 3 kids here in Houston, I'm even more of an expert!). Many women find it easiest to slip on a pair of flip-flops. This is understandably convenient but is among the worst thing to do. The feet, more than ever, need support during pregnancy. I fact, without appropriate support, the feet will spread out and seemingly "grow" during pregnancy to where your shoes may be to small even after the baby is born.

If you are expecting and find your feet getting increasingly more painful, try wearing a more structured shoe. If that doesn't do the trick, give us a call and schedule an appointment to find relief.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.