pregnant woman experiencing foot pain

Written By: Alex Ein

June 24, 2024

Many women experience foot pain during pregnancy. This discomfort can be caused by hormonal changes, weight gain, and altered balance. A new study suggests that arch supports might offer some relief, particularly in the later stages.

A recent study in The Medical Journal of Cairo University investigated the impact of arch supports on foot pain in pregnant women. They recruited 60 women between the ages of 20 and 30 with a healthy body mass index (BMI). Half the group wore arch supports starting in their second trimester and continued for six weeks after giving birth. The other half received no intervention and served as a control group.

The researchers measured foot arch height and pain intensity at three points: early second trimester, late third trimester, and six weeks postpartum. They found no significant difference in foot arch height or pain levels between the groups at the beginning of the study or after delivery.

However, there was a key difference in the later stages of pregnancy. Women who wore arch supports had both lower arch height and reported significantly less foot pain compared to the control group at nine months pregnant. Interestingly, the arch supports seemed to cause a slight flattening of the foot arch, which requires further investigation.

“This study suggests that wearing arch supports during pregnancy may help prevent foot pain, especially in the later stages,” says the lead researcher. “However, more research is needed to confirm the findings and understand the long-term effects of arch supports on foot health.”

While the study provides promising initial results, it’s important to consider some limitations. The research involved a relatively small group of participants, and the results may not apply to women with a higher BMI. Additionally, the study didn’t explore the potential long-term effects of wearing arch supports during pregnancy.

Pregnant women experiencing foot pain should discuss arch supports with their doctor. If considering them, it’s important to choose a well-fitting option from a reputable source. This study adds to the growing body of evidence on managing common pregnancy discomforts, offering a potential solution for women seeking relief from foot pain.