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Foot Problems In Pregnancy

Pregnancy can bring about several foot-related issues due to the changes in hormone levels, weight gain, and changes in body mechanics. Here are some common foot problems that can occur during pregnancy:

Swelling (Oedema)

Swelling of the feet and ankles is common during pregnancy due to increased fluid retention and pressure on the veins in the legs. This swelling can be exacerbated by standing or sitting for long periods.

You should also try to limit salty foods and excessive salt in your diet, plus sleeping on your left side, which will help blood return to the heart. Comfortable shoes need to be worn during this time, and try to avoid footwear that feels tight.

If you find

  • swelling is there at the start of the day or doesn't go down when you rest
  • your face or hands are swollen
  • the swelling is more than you have had before

These are warning signs for pre-eclampsia, which is high blood pressure caused by pregnancy. This is a very serious condition for both for you and your baby, so call your healthcare professional as soon as possible. Don't wait for your next regular appointment.

If one leg is more swollen than the other, this could suggest a very serious problem with one of your veins, such as deep vein thrombosis. Again, contact your doctor or midwife as soon as possible.

Flat Feet (Pronation)

The increased weight and changes in posture during pregnancy can lead to overpronation or flat feet. This can cause pain and discomfort in the feet, ankles, and lower legs.

Plantar Fasciitis

Pregnancy-related weight gain and hormonal changes can put extra stress on the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot. This can lead to inflammation and heel pain, especially in the mornings or after periods of rest.

Foot Size Changes

Many women experience an increase in foot size during pregnancy, often due to the relaxing of ligaments and the spreading of the feet to accommodate the additional weight. This change may or may not be permanent. But you may well find you need to buy new shoes during pregnancy, as the size of your feet change.

Varicose Veins

Pregnancy can increase the risk of developing varicose veins in the legs and feet due to hormonal changes and increased pressure on the veins from the growing uterus.

Ingrown Toenails

Changes in foot shape and increased swelling can make it more likely for toenails to become ingrown during pregnancy. Proper foot care, including regular toenail trimming, can help prevent this issue.

Circulation Problems

Reduced circulation is common during pregnancy, which can lead to cold feet, numbness, tingling sensations, and cramping in the legs and feet. This is something that should be mentioned to your healthcare professional or Podiatrist, so appropriate checks can be made.



It's essential for pregnant individuals to wear supportive, comfortable footwear, elevate their feet when possible, and practice gentle foot exercises to alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of developing foot problems.

Give Us A Call

If you're experiencing severe or persistent foot pain during your pregnancy, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for guidance and treatment options. Or get in touch with us for an appointment.

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