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How Walking Can Benefit Pregnant Women

Experts believe that a certain amount of exercise is beneficial to women who are pregnant. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to develop a walking schedule. It is suggested to begin with 15 minutes three times a week at a moderate pace and work up to 30 minutes at a brisker pace. The recommended goal is 150 minutes of walking in a week. It is a good idea when embarking on any exercise regime to check with a medical professional before you begin. Be sure to wear walking shoes that offer the cushioning and support needed to account for the gradual increase in baby weight. Also, it’s a good idea to have your feet measured, as swelling that is common during pregnancy can change your foot size. It may be wise to have a companion to accompany you. It is recommended that you keep the back straight, head and eyes level, and look forward and not down when you walk. If at any time while walking you feel overtired, suddenly unwell, or in pain, stop immediately to rest. For more information, please contact a podiatrist. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, 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 located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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