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Smelly Feet During Pregnancy

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Any pregnant woman knows that the feet undergo a series of important changes. For example, the feet may seem to expand in size over the course of a pregnancy. Additionally, many soon-to-be mothers are not fully aware of the fact that the feet may actually become more odorous during a pregnancy. Foot odor during pregnancy might be caused by edema, hormonal alterations, and a higher body temperature. If the increased foot odor during pregnancy is becoming bothersome, there are several things that you might consider doing to combat the smell. For example, you might wear shoes that provide enough space for the feet to breathe in. The use of moisture-wicking socks also might be beneficial. If you are expecting a baby in the near future, contact a podiatrist today who can help you best prepare yourself for the changes that your body and feet will undergo during the process.


Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, 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 one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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