says Marybeth Crane, DPM, FACFAS, a Dallas-area foot and ankle surgeon.
"In the last five years, I've seen an increase in pregnant women with foot pain because more women than ever before are active, even running marathons, during their pregnancies."
says Dr. Crane. "It makes the ligaments in your feet more flexible, causing feet to spread wider and longer."
"A permanent growth in a woman's foot, up to half a size, can occur from the release of the same hormone, relaxin, that allows the pelvis to open to deliver the baby."