EFFECTS OF PREGNANCY ON THE FEET
Some problems are due to weight gain rather than pregnancy itself: most healthy women gain around 10kgs during pregnancy, and gaining that much weight in 9 months would lead to foot problems even if your gain was due to overeating rather than pregnancy.
Swollen Ankles (Oedema)
Oedema are very common in the latter part of pregnancy. They are usually harmless, but tend to be uncomfortable. This is usually due to the increased size of the foetus, which slows the blood flow on the feet.
Foot Pain and Night Cramps
Weight gain leads to changes in centre of gravity, so women are suddenly holding their body in a different position. This leads to foot pain as their feet are used to supporting their weight in a different way.
Weight gain also leaves some women with varicose veins, which lead to pain and night cramps.
Plantar Fasciitis (Plantar Heel Pain)
Often described by patients as a stabbing pain near the heel or in the heel bone, this condition is the bane of approximately 10% of all people at some point in their lives. During pregnancy the foot will change shape and size which will often increase pressure on the heel bones. We can reset these conditions with therapies targeted at treating the cause and not just the condition.