I have a question regarding my feet. During my pregnancy my feet grew bigger. I had some swelling of my feet during the pregnancy and my heels hurt at times, but it was manageable. It really wasn't a big deal because it did not hurt that much. My feet are now half a shoe size larger. I gave birth to my son 2 months ago. During these 2 months, my feet have been tender. They feel like they are throbbing and I have lost feeling in the bottom of part of my right foot. It feels like I have a numb spot on the sole of my foot below my heel. Do you have any idea why this happened and what I should do about it? Thank you!
Ending up a half shoe size larger is not unusual. Losing feeling is. Is there any chance that you have diabetes? These symptoms should be reported to your provider, just to make sure that nothing serious is going on. Do get a check-up.
-- Cynthia, CNM
Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.