If you are expecting a baby in the near future, you may already be attending classes at the Chandler Regional or Mercy Gilbert medical centers, but if not, you should check out their offerings. Birthing classes, prenatal seminars, and training in newborn and child care are a great place to get support, make new friends, commiserate over your puffy feet, and learn about caring for yourself and your child.
There’s another place you can get specific help for late-term foot problems that often accompany pregnancy—Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. We take pride in our care of your feet, and we want them to be as comfortable and healthy as possible. That’s why we’re sharing these tips for relieving swollen feet:
- What you do matters: Try not to be outside when it’s hot, as heat increases the problem. Also try to avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time. If you do sit, try to elevate your feet as often as possible to reduce swelling.
- What you wear matters, too: Shoes should be comfortable, but also supportive. Good quality open style shoes and sandals that still give enough support for your arches are a nice choice for summer. If you struggle with swelling, medical support hose can help maintain better circulation. Avoid anything that constricts or binds your wrists, waist, legs, or ankles.
- Try to control fluid retention: Watch your salt, drink enough fluids, and eat foods rich in potassium (bananas, potatoes, kidney beans, yogurt, salmon, avocados, mushrooms, to name a few).
- Rest or swim in a pool or use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
These are a few ways to prevent or treat puffiness in your feet or ankles. One important note: if only one foot is swollen, your face and hands are also puffy, or the swelling comes on suddenly, make sure you call us. It might be a dangerous condition called eclampsia that needs immediate treatment for the safety of both you and your baby.
For excellent foot care during pregnancy, look no farther than Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can reach us in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800 or in Chandler at (480) 963-9000, or through the contact page on our website.