You Don’t Have to Live with Painful Foot Cramps

Foot cramps can come on without warning. You may wake up with sudden stiffness in your calf or foot accompanied by involuntary spasms. Foot cramps are rarely a sign of a more serious condition; nevertheless, they can cause sharp and intense pain that can last several minutes. The following are common causes of foot cramps:

  • Not enough H20. If you’re experiencing foot cramps, consider your water intake. Not getting enough water could be to blame for your cramping. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water all day, every day.
  • Overdoing it.Exercising too often or excessively can cause foot cramps. When it comes to your exercise routine, pace yourself.
  • Not stretching enough.When you’re flexible, you’re less likely to develop toe and foot cramps. To keep your muscles strong and supple, adequate stretching after a short warm up or after a shower is key.
  • Imbalance in nutrition.Certain foods contribute greatly to the contraction and relaxation of your muscles. To curb involuntary cramping incorporate foods into your diet with plenty of potassium, calcium, and magnesium such as bananas, green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, and nuts.
  • Improper footwear. Sometimes muscle cramping can be caused simply by your choice of shoes. Footwear that lacks support can especially contribute to muscle cramping. Toss out shoes with worn soles or insufficient support and replace them with well-fitting shoes that contour to your feet for greater support.

Occasional foot cramps are not caused for concern. But if cramping becomes frequent and severe, make an appointment with your doctor. This could indicate a more serious medical condition.

Do you suffer from foot cramps?
To find out more about foot cramps, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Foot and Ankle Specialty Group in Beverly Hills online or by calling 310.651.2366.

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