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When you’re young and pregnant with summer approaching, you may not be feeling very royal, even if you are Kate Middleton. Pregnancy can take its toll on your legs and feet by swelling, particularly when it’s hot outside.

What can you do hold down the swelling so you can be happier mother to be?

The answer is very simple. Use support stockings of proper compression. Despite the chore of getting these on, they are necessary to prevent unsightly varicose veins and damage to the valves in your deeper veins. 

Your feet may crave open flip flops, however, with hormonal changes and weight gain comes loosening foot ligaments. If you don’t have proper foot support, you’re putting yourself at greater risk for a flattening arch and plantar fasciitis.

If you can’t tolerate your athletic shoes, it’s important to wear supportive sandals such as Naot, Chacos, or Birkenstocks. Luckily, we’re in Seattle without the dictates of royal attire. Your feet should be able to get through your pregnancy with comfort, keeping with a Northwest style. Maybe Kate should spend her summer in Seattle instead of insisting on wearing high heels, even when she shouldn’t.

P.S. As of this date we don’t know if Kate is still wearing high heels as she was earlier in her pregnancy.


By Rion A. Berg, DPM
November 02, 2012
Category: foot care

What are compression stockings?
Compression stockings are specially designed to improve the circulation of your legs and feet. They are made of a lightweight material that creates more pressure from the bottom of the foot and less as it goes up the leg.

How do they work?
The most important effect of these stockings is to improve the blood flow returning from your feet to your heart. In doing so, this will prevent swelling, or even worse, the development of sores in the legs or ankles known as venous stasis ulcers. In addition for those of you who stand all day, they will absolutely decrease the fatigue in your legs.

When are they worn?
They are best worn from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night.

What is the difference between over-the-counter (OTC) and prescriptive stockings?
The difference between OTC and prescriptive stockings is that prescriptive stockings are of greater strength. Your physician is the only one who can decide what strength you will need to control swelling and prevent ulcerations.

When are prescriptive stockings required?
The truth is that all of us who stand, walk, work even a moderate amount of hours on our feet would benefit from wearing these stockings. It is an absolute necessity if you’re already experiencing chronic swelling of the legs due to venous insufficiency, or have had a history of developing venous stasis ulcerations of the ankle or leg.

You may be thinking compression stockings are only for aging adults, when in fact, OTC stockings can bring significant relief to anyone who is experiencing fatigue in their legs after standing for a period of time.

If you have questions or concerns about pain or discomfort in your legs, please feel free to call our office at 206.368.7000 or request an appointment on-line.

Rion A. Berg, DPM
Podiatrist and Board Certified Foot Surgeon

OTC compression stockings are available at our office in Lake City or at our on-line store, (search socks).

Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City
2611 NE 125th St., Ste 130
Seattle, WA 98125