Pregnant women often walk for too long with sore feet, ankles and knees. They accept this as one of the many ailments that happen to them during pregnancy.
Almost everyone has abnormalities of the feet but can go well for years without being bothered by it. But your body changes during pregnancy. You conceive, and under the influence of hormones the ligaments and muscles in your feet weaken. As a result, existing deviations can slowly get worse until there is the straw that breaks the camel's back. At that moment your feet become overloaded. Suddenly you feel a pressing pain under your forefoot, stitches or tingling in your forefoot and toes, pain at the height of your ankle or your arch and pain in your heel.
And that is not all. There may be an overworked muscle, an overloaded muscle attachment or an overloaded tendon in the foot.
Many people think that it will automatically change again after the birth, but that is not always the case. In fact, the complaints often do not go away or come back again if you have had a rest for a while.
If you have pain in your feet, your legs or your knees, a podiatrist can help you. A podiatrist treats all complaints that come from not functioning properly during standing and / or walking. If you suffer for a long period of time, discuss this with your doctor. Your doctor can refer you to a podiatrist. Such referrals are usually necessary, depending on your jurisdiction.
On the basis of an extensive investigation, the podiatrist examines whether your feet show abnormalities. After this examination, which also looks at the knees, the hips and the position of the back, a treatment plan is set up. You may get special custom insoles to correct the position of your feet, to support your feet or to distribute the pressure of your foot better. But shoe advice or taping can also be part of the treatment options.