There are a number of changes that occur to the body during pregnancy including the foot and ankle.
Three changes that occur include:
1) Weight gain during pregnancy.  This can place more pressure on the feet.
2) Changes in the way weight is distributed.  Weight is transferred more lower and forward, that is, the center of gravity changes.  That means that there is more pressure on the arch and ball of the foot.  Arch pain becomes more common during the last 3 months of pregnancy and up to a couple of months after delivery.
3) The hormone, relaxin, is responsible for softening ligaments in the pelvis so that the pelvic bones can spread apart and form the birth canal.  Relaxin also circulates throughout the body, softening other ligaments including those that support the foot.  It is not uncommon to gain ½ to one full shoe size due to stretching of the ligaments in the arch of the foot.  That stretching or spreading process can also create heel and arch pain.  Relaxin levels may remain elevated for a couple of months after pregnancy.
Dr. Ed Davis, a podiatrist in San Antonio, recommends the following measures that can be taken to minimize the effects of pregnancy on the feet:

If you are experiencing foot pain during your pregnancy, contact Dr. Ed Davis, South Texas Podiatrist.  His office is conveniently located in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio, Texas.       

Our address is:  109 Gallery Circle, Suite 119, San Antonio, Texas 78258

Dr. Davis is a Foot & Ankle specialist and Podiatrist, serving the 78258 San Antonia area. Call us to book your appointment today.

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