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Are Foot Massages During Pregnancy Safe?

It is certainly no secret that pregnant women can experience potent foot pain as they bring their child to term. This is sometimes explained by the increase in body weight during the pregnancy, which consequently causes the body to exert more pressure on the feet. The feet therefore might ache and feel sore after a day of weight-bearing activity. Some pregnant women might benefit from having a foot massage to relieve the pain. However, it is important to note that foot massages might not be safe for all pregnant women, particularly if they are prone to blood clots. Therefore, a woman ought to first get permission from a medical professional to receive a foot massage. If she is cleared to receive a massage, this procedure might help to lower cortisol levels and reduce depression levels in pregnant women. If you are a woman that is soon expecting a child, contact a podiatrist today for more information.

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 Foot Health Center of Merrimack Valley. 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 North Andover, and Tewksbury, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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