While preparing for a new life to join your family, being pregnant can be a time of incredible changes to your body. Sometimes this is a good thing, and sometimes it’s painful. Making another human is a lot of work and it can have some taxing results on you physically.
Pregnant women frequently complain of changes to their feet, with swelling and pains being the most common. It’s also possible that pregnant women can suffer from plantar fasciitis. Here are a few things to know:
What causes plantar fasciitis in pregnant women?
Plantar fasciitis is caused when the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed or irritated, causing pain on standing and walking. This is most common in people who are overweight or in people who do high-impact exercises frequently.
If left over time, it’s possible for plantar fasciitis to facilitate the growth of bone spurs. This is a natural response to continued pain in any part of your body, as your body naturally sends extra calcium to the site of pain to grow more bone in case that would help ease the pain. Bone spurs are also easy to treat and can go away with time.
Many women during their pregnancy will gain weight, even if only the pounds added as the baby grows over nine months. This weight gain can cause swollen ankles and can aggravate the band on the bottom of the foot, causing pain. Additionally, a hormone called relaxin is released in pregnant women, which relaxes ligaments. This is a good thing when it comes to your pelvis during childbirth, but a bad thing when it comes to your feet. Relaxed ligaments in the feet during weight-bearing can increase irritation or inflammation in the bottom connective tissue, leading to plantar fasciitis.
How do I treat plantar fasciitis if I’m pregnant?
Luckily, plantar fasciitis is easily treatable over time and there are a few different approaches you can take. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment for you during your pregnancy:
● Walk and exercise gently in order to keep your feet and ankles stretched and active
● Wear orthotic inserts and comfortable shoes
● Wear compression socks
● Treat heel pain with a homeopathic topical remedy as approved by your doctor
● Rest your feet and stretch them regularly, rolling them out with a small ball as approved by your doctor