It's one of the most common--and annoying--side effects of pregnancy: swelling, particularly in one's ankles and feet.
(Photo: Arman Zhenikeyev/Corbis) The human body is both amazing and terrible. Not only can it do things like heal its own wounds and circulate up to 2,000 gallons of blood per day, but it can also make one foot scrunch up like a hobbit claw at random and cause a brief period of excruciating pain. You try to will your foot open but are terrified to discover that its contractions are out of your control, as if possessed. If you’re lucky, it’s over quickly and you think, Well, that was freaky, then go about your business.
With the world’s largest marathon, the TCS New York City Marathon, happening on Yahoo Beauty’s front steps this Sunday, we’ve consulted the foot care experts — a podologist (a medical pedicure expert) a physical therapist, a personal trainer, a podiatrist, and a nail salon owner. Before the Marathon Get proper footwear “That doesn’t mean expensive footwear,” Portland-based physical therapist Alice Holland, who has run two marathons and regularly works with runners, tells Yahoo Beauty. “Draw an outline of your foot, and make sure that outline can fit into the shoe fit that you’re buying.” Like wearing pointy-toed stilettos, wearing too-tight running shoes can cause an unattractive deformity called “hallux rigidus,” in which the big toe starts pointing inwards. Get the right socks Santa Monica-based podiatrist Robert Khorramian, DPM, tells Yahoo Beauty that your sock choice matters.