Impending Little Feet Can Cause Big Feet

AUGUST 2018 Newsletter 





 Kevin F. Sunshein, DPM

 Anastasia A. Samouilov, DPM

6474 Centerville Business Parkway

Centerville, Oh 45459


     Your Source for Exceptional and Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Medical Care!


Pregnancy and Your Feet!

 Pregnancy Impacts Your Feet


Pregnancy has a huge impact on your whole body. During pregnancy, your body has to deal with a lot of major changes – hormonal changes, increased blood flow and weight gain. Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal but it can take its toll on your body and change the shape and size of your feet as well.

 A medical study in 2013 concluded that pregnancy can permanently change the size and arch height of a woman's feet. A University of Iowa study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation showed that during pregnancy the arch of the foot flattens out, thereby affecting the woman's shoe size.

Pregnancy causes a range of complications for the lower extremities. The weight gain experienced during pregnancy places an enormous amount of unexpected pressure on the feet. It’s common for pregnant women to suffer from foot pain, swelling, leg cramps, bunions and varicose veins. In addition to weight gain, stretched ligaments in the feet and ankles cause stability problems and flat feet.

Tips for Reducing Foot Problems During Pregnancy

  • Wear supportive shoes or custom orthotics to alleviate the pressure on the midfoot and heel. Depending on the structure of your foot, over the counter orthotic inserts may help too.
  • Stay hydrated. Swelling becomes worse when dehydrated. Avoid salt and drink more water.
  • Watch your caloric intake. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Get regular light exercise like walking to boost circulation and reduce swelling and cramping.
  • Elevate your feet to prevent fluids from pooling in your lower limbs. Foot massage is great during this time too!
  • If swelling becomes a big problem during pregnancy you may need to have your feet measured several times throughout your pregnancy. They may change sizes and so will your shoe size! Remember that you have a foot size and not a shoe size!
  • Wear compression stockings to prevent varicose veins issues and to alleviate the swelling and discomfort from edema.
  • See a podiatrist if foot issues occur to prevent chronic issues from developing.

Above all, don’t ignore the problem. If you’re pregnant and struggling with foot pain, contact our office at (937)435-7477. Our purpose is to make sure your feet remain healthy pre-delivery and post-delivery. If you aren't pregnant and have a foot or ankle condition that concerns you, we are here for you too!


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Dr. Sunshein and Dr. Samouilov have helped countless patients find relief from the pain, burning, numbness and tingling that comes with peripheral neuropathy. Whether your nerves have been damaged due to chemotherapy treatment, diabetes, or another underlying source, Neurogenx can help! Watch our new video which explains how our neuropathy solutions work and how they may help you.

If you have peripheral neuropathy, call our office at (937)435-7477 for a complimentary neuropathy consultation.


Shoes 4 the Shoeless New Socks and Gym Shoe Drive


Shoes 4 Shoeless

We are proud to continue our new children sock and gym shoes drive at our practice for Shoes 4 the Shoeless, a local non-profit that provides new socks and gym shoes for underpriveleged children in the Miami Valley. The new shoes and socks this great  organization provides are often the first new pair of shoes these children have ever received. They are often wearing shoes two sizes too small or held together w\ith duck tape or worse. There is a basket in the waiting room for sock donations and/or you can give our front desk $10 cash or check made out to Shoes 4 the Shoeless which will purchase one new pair of gym shoes for a child in need. We will make sure they get all donations. Our patients have been very generous so far but we really want to promote this so we can truly provide more shoes for more children in our area that need them so desparately. You can check out more details about this great organization on our website at You may also donate directly to their website at