Foot Cramps: A Sign of Something Serious?

Our feet serve an important purpose – they bear our entire weight as we walk or stand, so it makes sense that foot cramps (involuntary and painful spasms in the foot) are one of the most common compared to other muscles spasms. Foot cramps can last just a few minutes, or they can come and go over longer stretches of time. The most commonly affected part of the foot is the inner arch and toes, particularly the big toe.

Symptoms of Serious Foot Cramps
When your foot cramps us, the muscles contracts violently, often to the point where it’s visible. Besides the cramp along, you may experience other symptoms like a decrease in pain when you walk, the muscle feeling hard and tense to the touch, and pain that varies from mild to severe and lasts several minutes at a time.

Causes of Foot Cramps
There are many reasons why your foot cramps up, including:

  • Poor circulation. As we age, foot cramps become more common because our activity level goes down and there is a decrease in blood flow to the muscles.
  • Muscle stress and fatigue. Stress on the foot can lead to cramping because of being overworked.
  • Obesity. When your feet bear a heavier load than they can handle, it can lead to foot cramps.
  • Diabetes. People with diabetes get foot cramps due to lack of oxygen supplied to the feet.
  • Lack of vitamin D. It’s important to get enough vitamins and minerals, and vitamin D is a big one for contributing to healthy feet and bones.
  • Dehydration. Fluids provide electrolytes that are essential to the way your body functions.

There are ways to treating foot cramps at home, including pulling your toes upward when the cramp occurs, pulling the foot in the opposite direction of the cramp, and wrapping the foot in an elastic bandage. Foot cramps are usually not cause for concern, but if you’re experiencing foot cramps on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor.

Don’t let foot pain interfere with your life. For more information about diagnosing and treating foot cramps, or to schedule an appointment, contact Foot and Ankle Specialty Group online or call 310.651.2366.

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