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Why is My Foot Cramping?

Posted onApril 21st, 2016

Foot Cramps

You may be asking yourself, why is my foot cramping? Foot cramps come on suddenly and without warning. Although not detrimental to your health, they are annoying and extremely uncomfortable. Cramps and spasms can happen to nearly any muscle group, but for some reason your feet and lower extremities cramping up tend to be the most uncomfortable. Below are some of the reasons why your foot, ankle, or calf might be cramping or having a spasm.

Pushing Yourself Too Hard

Cramps happen often during exercise. Overexertion is one of the biggest reasons why your foot could be cramping. If you work your muscles too hard, they can become fatigued and cramp up. Make sure you are not pushing yourself too hard when you exercise.

Dehydration & Lack of Electrolytes

A lack of water or electrolytes could be a contributing factor to your muscle cramps. Drinking enough water and getting a good balance of electrolytes in your diet are important for overall health, but are one of the top contributors to cramps. Proper nutrition is key to helping your muscles contract and relax.

Inadequate Stretching

When your foot does start to cramp, often the best way to combat the cramp is by stretching the muscle out. It is important, though, to stretch regularly and not just when experiencing a cramp. Stretch thoroughly before and after exercise, and if you experience cramps regularly at night, stretch before you go to bed.

Poor Circulation

Poor circulation might be at the root of your foot-cramping problem. People who have poor circulation probably experience cramping frequently. It’s a good idea to see a doctor if your cramping is frequent, as poor circulation is an issue that should be addressed by a medical professional.

Your Shoes

Believe it or not, the type of shoes you are wearing may be contributing to your foot cramps. Shoes that do not properly support your feet may be the reason your feet are cramping because they cause muscles to be in unnatural positions for too long. Getting the right shoes will not only likely help your foot cramps, but will improve your overall day-to-day comfort, posture, and mood.

How Do I Prevent Foot Cramps?

Prevent foot and lower leg cramping first and foremost by staying well-hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet. Also make sure to stretch frequently—especially before and after exercise. Stay active and increase your activity level as time goes on. Buy shoes that fit and have proper support. If you experience frequent cramping, the issue may be medically serious, and you should see a medical doctor.


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