Painful calluses, corns and cracked heels are commonly experienced during pregnancy, while nails become difficult to reach to cut and certain skin disorders may flare up while your body is changing.
But the baby belly also forces the lower spine into increased curvature and a tilt forward of the pelvis. This altered position produces stress on the structure of the foot as the pattern of standing and walking is affected.
In the final five months of a pregnancy the mother-to-be changes in shape, posture and body weight, which affects the feet and can result in increased fatigue.
Meanwhile the joints, muscles and ligaments of the lower limbs and feet are being softened and relaxed by hormones in preparation of the baby’s delivery. The added weight can flatten the arches of the feet and can lead to permanent problems after the the birth.
Our podiatrists can offer professional advice on footwear and foot support, as well as treat any immediate problems with your feet.