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Athlete's Foot and Pregnancy

When a woman becomes pregnant, it can be especially important for them to maintain proper foot health. One condition that might occur during a woman’s pregnancy is known as athlete's foot. This particular condition of the foot may develop when a woman becomes pregnant because the pregnancy can often make a woman sweat profusely, causing the feet to become moist and susceptible to fungal infections. If you are a pregnant woman with athlete’s foot, your medical professional might advise you against using certain over-the-counter antifungal medications incompatible with pregnancies. If you are demonstrating any of the signs of athlete's foot, such as itching, redness, or flaking, then it is highly suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for immediate attention.

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 Family Foot Health Center. 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 one of our offices located in Rogers, AR or Berryville, AR. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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