Studies have exposed that expectant ladies who are often off their feet can develop flat feet difficulties and fluctuations in foot size. According to theAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation issued in Iowa, when women are pregnant and sedentary, their feet turn out to be bigger and in odder cases do not come back to their original size post-pregnancy.
“The prolonged carrying of all those lovely extra pounds pressing on the arches and spreads the bones of the feet” the research said. In the study 34 of the subjects were found to have wider and longer feet due to extra hormones that occur during pregnancy. Thankfully, the research has shown that the changes in a woman’s feet usually occur only with their firstborn and not with another.
If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.
Flat feet is the name of a condition in which the arch of the foot is lowered or fails to develop all together. Flat feet are common among babies and small children, but arches are generally formed as the child grows. However, flat feet can become problematic if the arch never develops. Adults may develop flat feet after an injury or from the increased weight of a pregnancy.
The wet footprint test can help diagnose flat feet. The individual places their feet on a wet surface, and then walks across a dry surface to create an impression of their footprint. If there are no indentations or arches in the footprint, the individual may have flat feet. In all cases, it is best to consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis.
Types of Flat Feet
Rigid – this is when someone’s arch of the foot is not present when sitting or standing.
Treatment may be necessary if pain is present, and orthotics may be prescribed.
Flexible – the arch shows when someone is sitting, but then goes away when they are standing.
Treatment may not be necessary.
In some instances surgery may be recommended if exercise and orthotics do not work.
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