Why Foot Pain Persists After Pregnancy & What You Can Do
Milwaukee Podiatrists Treat Postpartum Foot & Heel Pain
Over-pronation (flat feet) is one of the most common foot problems experienced during pregnancy. Pregnancy weight gain along with hormonal changes are the main causes of foot swelling, pain in the arches and sore heels.
Left untreated, over-pronated feet can cause heel pain and ball-of-foot pain long after you’ve given birth. An exam with a podiatrist at Advanced Foot & Ankle can eliminate serious issues as the cause of your pain and find effective treatments to get you back on your feet again.
Fallen Arches after Pregnancy
During pregnancy a hormone called relaxin causes pelvic ligaments to loosen in preparation for childbirth. Relaxin also affects the ligaments in your feet. If the ligaments supporting your arches become stretched it can result in fallen arches and pain in the bottom of your feet and heels.
It’s important to wear comfortable and supportive shoes, and never try to squeeze your feet into tight footwear. Your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to help support your arches and cushion your feet.
Plantar Fasciitis after Pregnancy
Many women notice postpartum foot or heel pain when they get up after sitting or lying down for a while. This is a common symptom of plantar fasciitis: inflammation and tearing in the tissue on the bottom of your feet.
Fallen arches create extreme stress on the plantar fascia, which is one reason you may still be suffering from foot pain even after giving birth. Shoe inserts, elevating and icing your feet, and over the counter medications can help manage the pain.
If pain in the ball of the foot or heel doesn’t respond to home treatments you should visit an experienced podiatrist before the pain and damage get any worse.
Skilled Podiatrists Providing Effective Treatments for Postpartum Foot Problems
Persistent pain in a specific part of your foot may indicate a stress fracture. A comprehensive exam by an experienced podiatrist can help rule out serious problems causing your foot pain, such as diabetes.
Our experienced podiatrists will help you find relief for any discomfort in your feet, heels or ankles after your pregnancy so you can focus on enjoying life with your newest family member!