First Time Mothers More Susceptible to Developing Flat Feet during Pregnancy

Pregnancy and your feet

According to research, the development of flat feet is prevalent among women during pregnancy. In Iowa, The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reported that when women are less active during pregnancy, their feet grow in size. Unfortunately, this increase in size does not revert back to the original measurement after the baby is born.

“The prolonged carrying of all those lovely extra pounds pressing on the arches and spreads the bones of the feet” the research said. In the study 34 of the subjects were found to have wider and longer feet due to extra hormones that occur during pregnancy. The research additionally found that changes in a pregnant woman’s feet usually occur only with their first pregnancy and not with additional children.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of flat feet, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Kevin Sunshein of Sunshein Podiatry Associates. Dr. Sunshein will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.

Flat Feet

Flat feet are the name of a condition in which the arch of the foot is lowered or fails to develop all together. Flat feet are common among babies and small children, but arches are generally formed as the child grows. However, flat feet can become problematic if the arch never develops.  Adults may develop flat feet after an injury or from the increased weight of a pregnancy.


The wet footprint test can help diagnose flat feet. The individual places their feet on a wet surface, and then walks across a dry surface to create an impression of their footprint. If there are no indentations or arches in the footprint, the individual may have flat feet. In all cases, it is best to consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis.

Types of Flat Feet

Rigid – this is when someone’s arch of the foot is not present when sitting or standing.

Treatment may be necessary if pain is present, and orthotics may be prescribed.

Flexible – the arch shows when someone is sitting, but then goes away when they are standing.

Treatment may not be necessary.


In some instances surgery may be recommended if exercise and orthotics do not work.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one our offices in Centerville, Dayton, and South Dayton, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment services for all your podiatric needs.

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