Joshua Moore, DPM, a podiatrist and surgeon at the Temple University Foot & Ankle Institute, explained that while there are some lifestyle changes pregnant women can make to address swollen feet, the condition can’t be prevented. Here, he shares tips on how to lessen the swelling. Be mindful of how you’re sitting and for how long. Don’t sit for long periods of time or keep legs crossed. “If legs are bent, it prevents fluid from pumping back up to the heart where it needs to go,” Moore said.
|Dr. Joshua Moore
Take short walks- “It helps get the calf muscles moving and helps pump fluid back out of that area and back up to the heart,” he said. Elevate your feet; If you’re lying down in bed or even seated, rest feet on a few pillows in order to elevate them just above the heart. This helps keep fluids moving back toward the organ for enhanced circulation to the rest of the body. Slip on compression socks - Consider wearing light compression hosiery or socks that are designed to improve blood flow. “[These] socks prevent fluid from pooling.” said Moore.
Source: Barbara Schneider-Levy, Footwear News [1/11/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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