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What to do about foot cramps

1. Your cramp may be a result of dehydration

Foot cramps aren’t uncommon among those who have spent a lot of time exercising or performing physical activity. Most people experience at least one foot cramp in their life. Generally, this is a result of dehydration, lack of oxygen, or low potassium. If you don’t drink enough water your body has trouble distributing oxygen and other vital minerals to your muscles when you are active. As a result, your muscle fails to function properly and can seize up into a cramp. Same with lack of oxygen and lack of potassium. Improper breathing techniques or simply not breathing enough can lead to your foot muscles cramping up. Failing to consume a healthy amount of nutrients, especially potassium, can lead to foot cramps as well.

2. Your foot cramp could be the symptom of a bigger problem

If you are experiencing consistent foot cramps, you may want to consider talking to your podiatrist. The occasional foot cramp while being active is typically nothing to worry about, but a recurring cramp may be the sign of something else. The following are some of the more serious problems that can cause a foot cramp:

  • Diabetes
  • Imbalance in hormones
  • Thyroid gland malfunction
  • Pinched nerve
  • Hidden or unknown injury

If your foot frequently continues to cramp, you need to visit your podiatrist to see if it is the symptom of a bigger problem.

3. How to take care of your foot cramp

Most of the time, you can get rid of a foot cramp by following some simple steps:

  1. Stop and rest — get off your feet and sit down.
  2. Massage your foot — massage the sore area and around it.
  3. Stretch your foot — stretching helps your blood flow to your foot, which more rapidly ceases the cramping.
  4. Use a heating pad — hold a heating pad to the bottom of your foot to help the muscles relax.

For recurring foot cramps, visit a podiatrist. You should visit with an experienced doctor who can develop a treatment plan for your unique feet and physical activity practices.

Do you suffer from recurring foot cramps? Call Kansas City Foot Specialists to schedule an evaluation at (913) 338-4440, or request an appointment online so we can determine the true cause of your injury and get you back on your feet.