It's common for pregnant women to experience podiatry conditions such as oedema (swelling). While these conditions are usually harmless, they can be uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. In some cases, a podiatrist can help to minimise the pain. In this blog post, we explore what some common pregnancy-induced podiatry conditions are.
Common pregnancy-induced podiatry conditions
Not all women will experience podiatry conditions during pregnancy, but they are fairly common. Oedema (the swelling of the feet and ankles), ingrown toenails and flat feet can make it difficult to walk or stand for extended periods of time. They happen when the extra weight from the pregnancy puts pressure on the feet and ankles.
Pregnant women are more likely to develop foot problems if they have diabetes or high blood pressure. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see a doctor and discuss possible treatments if this is the case.
How can a podiatrist help?
For pregnant women who are experiencing foot-related issues, chiropractic care can be a valuable part of their treatment plan. For example, they can provide:
Ingrown toenail care
Podiatrists are able to help pregnant women with ingrown toenails by treating the foot. This helps to take the pressure off the nail and can prevent further irritation. In some cases, a podiatrist may also recommend wearing a special shoe insert or splint to help keep the toe in place.
For more information on how a podiatrist can help with common pregnancy-induced podiatry conditions, feel free to contact a member of our team at Melville Wellness today.