Plantar Fasciitis in Pregnancy

'Plantar Fasciitis in Pregnancy

'Plantar Fasciitis in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exhilarating time and your body can go through various changes, as well as in your feet. Natural weight gain and growth of your abdomen can shift your centre of gravity forward. This shift, can cause a change in forces on your bones and joints when standing and walking, which can further lead to excess pressure on the knees, ankle and feet.

A naturally-released hormone during pregnancy can cause relaxation of the ligaments in the feet. This can lead to the flattening of the arch in the feet, als known as overpronation. The rolling in of the arches can cause stress on the plantar fascia (band of ligament in the arch), therefore causing inflammation of the plantar fascia, also known as plantar fasciitis.

Treatment and Prevention

Overpronation can be managed. The following are a few ways to try help treat or prevent plantar fasciitis.

If pain is persistent seek advice from a podiatrist. Early treatment of plantar fasciitis/inflammation, will help prevent further injury to the ligament.