Foot Cramps Can Cramp Your Style

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A sudden cramp in your foot can stop you right in your tracks, no matter what activity you’re engaged in! These cramps occur when one of your muscles stiffens up involuntarily and can’t relax. Cramps increase in frequency as we age, but anyone anywhere can experience them. While they’re typically harmless, they can definitely be painful! We’ve put together some cramp facts and tips on preventing them.

What causes cramps?

The muscles in your feet and calves can spasm and cramp any time, even while you’re sleeping. Knowing what causes cramps can help with prevention. 

Cramps occur as a result of:

  • Dehydration

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • Medication side effects

  • Poor circulation

  • Poorly fitting shoes

How can I prevent cramps?

We’ve put together the following tips to help prevent foot cramps:

  1. Stay hydrated! Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day. If you’re being physically active, bring a water bottle along.

  2. Eat right! A healthy, balanced diet features a variety of fruits and vegetables. These provide minerals that help minimize cramping.

  3. Talk to your doctor! If you suspect a new medication is the culprit, chat with your doctor about medication side-effects

  4. Do your warm-ups! Stretch out every day to keep your muscles supple and flexible. This is an absolute must before you exercise.

  5. Choose shoes wisely! Wear practical shoes with a low, wide heel that offer plenty of arch support. Avoid high heels or shoes that box your toes up.

Can you stop a cramp in progress?

Most cramps pass quickly, but they can be pretty painful! Here are a few things you can do to minimize discomfort and potentially shorten the cramp:

  • Stand up and move around or switch positions. This can help relax the cramping muscle.

  • Apply warmth to the muscle that’s cramping. This will increase circulation. Use a heating pad or a hot water bottle or run a warm bath.

  • Ibuprofen or another over-the-counter anti-inflammatory can ease the pain.

If cramps are becoming unbearable or are happening frequently, we’re here to help! Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, is here to get you on the road to good foot health. To schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn office, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.