Here at All Podiatry & The Shoe Co. we can help you with any of the changes you may have with your feet when you become pregnant.
There are several ways pregnancy can affect your feet. Firstly, being pregnant can increase over pronation. Studies show that pregnancy leads to permanent loss of medial arch height. This is most significant for first time pregnancies and does not usually progress much further for subsequent pregnancies. Loss of arch height can lead to heel pain, arch pain and pain under the ball of the foot acutely.
Loss of arch height can lead to heel pain, arch pain and pain under the ball of the foot acutely.
More significantly, it is possible that changes to arch height during pregnancy have a direct correlation with the fact that women experience higher rates of osteo-arthritis in their feet, knees, hips and spines later in life. To reduce the risk of acute and long term foot pain from loss of arch height, All Podiatry & The Shoe Co. offers a professional fitting service for our great range of shoes that will support the arch.
FRANKiE4, a physiotherapist and podiatrist designed shoe brand has a very special way of combating these foot changes. Their custom fit pack comes with the enclosed shoes in the range and gives you everything you need to create the perfect fit for the normal, wide or narrow foot.
FRANKiE4’s custom fit pack is great for creating the perfect fit.
Second up to ‘loss of arch height’: 60 – 70% of women experience permanent change to the length and/or width of their feet after their first pregnancy. On average women gain 2 – 10mm length. With this in mind, it is so important to have your feet properly fit after your baby arrives, because they may have grown a size.
Pregnancy also increases oedema, or swelling, in the body and legs –
this is another reason to have your feet measured throughout and after your pregnancy to accomodate any size changes. Walking around barefoot should be avoided. Wearing supportive, cushioned shoes is what we recommend. Your shoes need to be spacious enough to accommodate any swelling, and ideally adjustable by laces or a buckle, rather than elastic of a slip on which could potentially become too tight and impact on circulation.
Our podiatrists can fit you with the appropriate walking shoe for your foot type, reducing the risk of aches and pains, and rubbing or blistering.
Swelling can cause significant nail problems during pregnancy. The swelling around the edges of the nail bed can lead to painful in-grown toe nails. At All Podiatry & The Shoe Co. we see a lot of women at different stages of their pregnancy for conservative in-grown nail treatment.
Our podiatrists offer a wide variety of techniques to treat both the cause and symptoms attributable to skin and nail problems.
Our podiatrists will correctly trim and file the nails, clearing the swollen edges, providing relief. This will reduce the chance of rubbing, nail breakage and in grown toe nails etc.
Lastly, pregnancy sees a lot of women suffer gestational diabetes. 4.6% of pregnant women aged 15 – 49 suffered gestational diabetes in Australia in 2006 and this figure is rapidly increasing. Being physically active is one of the best ways to manage gestational diabetes. Our podiatrists at All Podiatry & The Shoe Co. can fit you with the appropriate walking shoe for your foot type, reducing the impact of aches and pains, and rubbing / blistering, this will also reduce the chance of skin breakdown caused by diabetes.
Being physically active is one of the best ways to manage gestational diabetes.
It is also so important for women with gestational diabetes to have a thorough neuro-vascular check up by a podiatrist. This check up will monitor areas of sensation loss and manage nails, and corns or callous before they may escalate into something more sinister such as ulceration.