Plantar Faschiitis And Pregnancy: What You Can Do To Stop Heel Pain

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If you have pain in your heels during pregnancy, there is a good chance that it can be a case of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis pain is often felt when you take your first few steps in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time, but if left untreated it can become a constant, nagging pain. It occurs when there is a strain on the plantar fascia (a thick piece of connective tissue running from your heel to the ball of your foot). It is generally caused by overuse and is common in athletes. It can also be caused by weight gain, such as the weight you may have gained during pregnancy. This means that plantar fasciitis is not uncommon among pregnant women whose feet are newly adjusting to carrying extra weight. If you have heel pain, you should talk to your doctor about plantar fasciitis.

There are so many things about pregnancy that can make you feel uncomfortable, but plantar fasciitis doesn't have to be one of them. There are plenty of things you can do to make your feet feel better while you carry the extra pregnancy weight. Here are a few ideas. (Of course you should talk to your doctor before you try any of these treatments at home. Your doctor knows you and your baby best, and will be able to warn you of any potential side effects.)

Rest your feet: It is important to stay active during your pregnancy, but if you have pain from plantar fasciitis you should also find some time to let your feet take a break. Putting your feet up is also a great way to help reduce swelling in your feet toward the end of pregnancy.

Wear shoes that fit: Your feet may have changed size during pregnancy, so there is a good chance that your favorite pre-pregnancy shoes are no longer supporting your feet the way they did before. This can increase the strain on your plantar fascia and cause even more foot pain. Go to a shoe store and be fitted for shoes to support your growing feet. You may also want to consider getting fitted for orthotic shoe inserts.

Ice your heels: Like any sore muscle or connective tissue, the plantar fascia is likely to be soothed by applying ice.

Stretch: There are several different heel stretches you can perform that will ease the strain on your plantar fascia.

By taking it easy, stretching, applying ice, and wearing shoes that fit, you may be able to manage your heel pain while you carry your extra baby weight.


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