During my pregnancy in Germany, I spent all day literally walking barefoot in my kitchen baking cakes. After gaining 50 pounds, it took it’s toll on my feet. The pain started only after I had been sitting for a long period of time. Sharp stabs and pins & needles. I just assumed I was getting old.
After my son was born, the first day home back from the hospital, I found myself waking in the middle of the night for a feed–like all new mothers do. I placed my feet on the floor and went to stand up when my legs caved under me and I let out a high-pitched scream. For the next few months I would have to crawl to my sons room at night to feed him, because placing pressure on my feet felt like walking on broken bones. After a quick doctors visit, I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis in both feet.
Arch support is particularly important for moms because pregnant women have elevated levels of relaxin, a hormone that relaxes ligaments and tendons, helping facilitate the birthing process. The downside of relaxin is that it can also stretch the connective tissue in the foot, leading to fallen arches, wider feet, problems with over-pronation, and issues manifesting higher up the kinetic chain (knee, hip, and back pain).
I was able to fully heal my feet in about 7 months (which usually takes a minimum of a year if you are lucky) due to these steps:
- Invested in quality shoes & inserts with custom arch support like these at Wiivv.
- Easy weightloss due to low-carb/keto diet
- Wearing a foot brace at night like this one: Futuro Foot Brace
- Daily stretching of feet.
1. Custom Orthopedics
I can’t place enough emphasis on getting good quality support for your feet. If your insurance doesn’t cover custom orthotics, they will end up costing $100 to $500 from a doctor. You can find a few brands of generic, one-size-fits-all inserts at most stores that claim they are for Plantar Fasciitis, but I’ve gone through probably 10 different brands and none of them compare to Wiivv.
Wiivv insoles and sandals are made custom to you—they even have your name on them! The best part is, it’s all done through their award-winning (AKA really easy to use) app! You just follow the step by step measurement guide (a few photos of your feet) and they digitally map over 200 points on your foot and ankle to create a 3D-printed product designed to enhance your unique body.
The arch support is the perfect blend of stability and support (meaning when I put my full body weight on them they don’t cave and go flat) but also have a nice squishy foam layer on top.
With prices ranging from $79 to $129, they are definitely a steal compared to going to a podiatrist!
2. The Keto Diet
After having my baby I had no time for exercise, let alone the pain in my feet keeping me from moving. Another big way to heal your feet is weight loss. Now, if you are not overweight you don’t have to worry about this, but how do you lose so much weight without being able to exersise?! I gained 50 pounds in my pregnancy, and after giving birth 20 pounds was naturally gone. So I needed to lose at least 30 pounds. Following the keto diet, I lost the weight in 4 months.
3. Night Foot Brace
Amazon carries all kinds of different foot braces. The two I bought were made by Futuro. I wore these every night to keep my foot stretched in the correct position. Since I had Plantar Fasciitis in both feet, I bought two. If you only have it in one foot, obviously you only need one.
This video shows the stretching for plantar fasciitis. I did this 3 times a day; upon waking, around lunch and before bed. Plantar Fasciitis Stretching Techniques
So, my feet were pretty bad off. The pain was almost constant, and worse at night. It may take you less time if your feet are in better condition. I know people who have been living with this condition for years and refuse to buy quality shoes. You need to invest in your feet, you can’t walk without them!
***Disclosure: I was given products from Wiivv for the purposes of reviewing.