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Pregnancy and feet

During pregnancy many changes occur in the body but one that is often overlooked is foot pain usually caused by weight gain and the changes that take place to a woman’s centre of gravity. The natural weight gain during pregnancy causes alteration to the stance sometimes leading to knee and feet problems such as pain and swelling.

Probably the most common problem of pain in the feet during pregnancy is over-pronation which is a tendency for the feet to roll inwards often associated with flat feet. This can cause inflammation in the plantar fascia (a fibrous band of tissue stretching from the ball of the foot to the heel) causing a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can cause pain around the arch of the foot  in the heel and on the ball of the foot.


Foot pain caused by over-pronation during pregnancy is usually a temporary condition very often exacerbated by oedema(swelling) in the legs and feet often experienced during this period. To alleviate these problems and reduce foot pain where present the following treatments can be helpful:

  • Keep active where possible but if sitting for long periods elevate the feet by placing on a small foot stool.
  • Wear sensible low heeled lace-up or strap fastening shoes.
  • If foot pain is experienced a simple orthotic such as Orthaheel regular or Prolyne leather covered arch supports can be used to replace your shoes regular insole.
  • Where overall cushioning and stability is required Footlogics Sensi are recommended
  • For ball of foot pain Prolyne Metatarsal pads offer an excellent solution
  • If heel pain only is experienced Prolyne Pressure Protection pads can be used directly onto the heel or one of a range of heel pads and cups placed in the shoe.

If further advice on any foot product is required please ring our helpline.

Prolyne Leather Covered 3/4 length arch supports

Suitable for flat (valgus) feet. These semi-rigid arch supports are leather covered reinforced, thermoplastic shell insoles designed to stabilise the foot and relieve pain. Fit most types of shoes.

Read more here about the benefits of Prolyne Leather Covered 3/4 length arch supports

ProLyne Technogel Metatarsal Pads

Prolyneô metatarsal pads are manufactured from Technogel® an advanced self adhesive polyurethane elastic soft gel. Specifically shaped to fit comfortably across the metatarsal heads and the ball of the foot Prolyne metatarsal pads provide relief from pain and soreness by absorbing shock and adapt smoothly to the contours of the foot. Ideal for relieving the pain of corns, callous and ball of foot pain, alleviate the pain of Metatarsalgia, Mortons Neuroma and Plantar Fasciitis.

Read more here about the benefits of ProLyne Technogel Metatarsal Pads

Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream

Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream is a rich nourishing cream for all over foot moisturisation which can also be used on the body. Contains Vitamin E and Urea for active hydration of very dry skin.

Read more here about the benefits of Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream

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