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Marathon Runner Recognizes Benefits of Exercise for Pregnant Women

Marion Laverty. Picture: Ian RutherfordMarion Laverty has been training for a marathon happening on May 25th for several weeks now. By the time the race takes place, she’ll be 22 weeks pregnant.

Laverty didn’t plan on these circumstances, but when she found out that she was expecting her second child, she did some research and got the approvals of her doctor and midwife to compete anyway. “Obviously it will be more of a slow jog for me – it’s all about listening to your body and not pushing yourself too far,” Laverty said. She currently follows a regiment of light aerobic exercises to get herself in shape for the big day. “I’m doing a bit of research surrounding exercise in pregnancy. It’s OK to exercise moderately if that’s what you have done before, that’s the consensus,” she stated.

Foot problems that occur during pregnancy usually need to be examined by experienced medical professionals. It is never a bad idea to consult with podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel, DPM from Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can diagnose any problems you may be experiencing and provide you with treatment options to alleviate any injuries or discomfort.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, 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 our office, which is located in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read the Full Article on Pregnancy and Foot Health.

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