Pregnant television star Jill Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting is eleven days past her due date. Duggar was hoping for a natural at home birth with a midwife present, but as the days pass and no signs of “baby dilly” show, her plans are jeopardized.
Recently the star was seen volunteering at a nearby thrift shop, sparking criticism from experts that believe she could risk her health by standing on her feet for so long this late in her pregnancy. Her husband Derick Dillard went to his blog to express their anticipation of the Dillard-Duggar baby, “I can’t even describe the anticipation I am feeling, as I am about to meet my first born son.”
Staying off your feet during the last weeks of pregnancy is a good idea for your foot health and your baby’s health. If you have any concerns with your feet contact podiatrist Dr. Edward Lang of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward. This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages.
How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?
- Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
- Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
- Wear shoes with good arch support
- Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
- Elevate feet if you experience swelling
- Massage your feet
- Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Metairie and New Orleans, LA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.