Many women report that their shoe size grew as a result of pregnancy. This increase in foot size and arch drop has been confirmed in medical studies and is most noticeable during the mother’s first pregnancy. It has also been shown to persist even after childbirth. Theories for this phenomenon revolve around the extra weight of pregnancy and a hormone (relaxin) which may loosen ligaments in the feet.
If you (or your loved one) are pregnant and suffering with sore feet or ankles, consult Dr. Miller to regain comfort and minimize long-term complications. This may include specialized insoles to redistribute pressure and stockings to control swelling.