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Pregnancy Foot ProblemsPhysical changes are very common during pregnancy, but one such change that is often overlooked is having an increased foot size. “It always surprises people to see that foot changes during pregnancy,” Dr. Shannon Hardy, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas.

This occurs as a result of quick weight gain and the foot’s arches flattening out. The best method to contend with foot swelling is getting adequate exercise, wearing appropriate footwear, and refraining from wearing heels and flip flops too often.

Dr. Naomi Shields of Advanced Orthopaedic Associates in Wichita, Kansas, recommends wearing flip flops with a rigid sole and built-in arch, if any. As far as heels go, “most pregnant women can’t avoid heels at some point in pregnancy. You can wear them, but not for long periods of time,” Dr. Hardy says.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems such as swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

What foot problems arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, 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 to keep feet healthy during pregnancy?

· Orthotics can provide extra support for your feet and helps to evenly distribute weight
· Try not to walk barefoot whenever possible
· Wear shoes with good arch support and allow good circulation
· 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 contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Back in the game: David Loo wears a support inside a special orthopaedic boot so he can play sportsFor 13-year old David Loo, participating in sports like soccer can be very painful and not an easy process. The young athlete was diagnosed with hemiplegia at birth. Hemiplegia is a variation of the disease known as cerebral palsy in which the right side of one’s body is severely enfeebled.

His special orthopedic boot holds David’s foot and ankle in place so he can freely participate in sports. David like all children must have new footwear every nine months, since his feet are growing.   

David Loo shows that foot and ankle orthotics can allow anyone to regain full mobility. If you have a need for ankle-foot orthotics, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can work with you on treatment options for your foot conditions that might require the use of ankle-foot orthotics.

Ankle Foot Orthotics and What They Do

Usually used for the foot or ankle, orthotics provide support for weakened limbs or help direct the limbs so they may function properly. These orthotics can help strengthen muscles as well as benefitting muscles that need to be loosened or lengthened. Usually the orthoses is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored in order to blend with the patient’s appearance.

When are Orthotics Necessary?

Orthotics are prescribed when someone is diagnosed with diseases that affect the musculature such as polio and multiple sclerosis. However, ailments such as arthritis and stroke, or foot conditions that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

As opposed to metal braces of previous years, modern orthotics have improved tremendously. Many of today’s orthotics are manufactured with lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of support and comfort.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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