If you have ever experienced an unanticipated contraction of a muscle in your foot, then you know how painful and debilitating a foot cramp can be. Keeping yourself properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water and healthy fluids will help to avoid foot cramps. Since they may be associated with other foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, you should see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment.

Foot and leg cramping is often caused by the following:

1)   Compressed nervesNerves in the spine can become constricted causing pain and discomfort in the feet and ankles. Some relief from lumbar stenosis can be achieved by bending over at the waist to decrease the pressure on the nerve.

2)   Vitamin and mineral deficiencies—Not getting enough calcium, magnesium, and potassium in your diet can cause your muscles to malfunction, possibly causing foot cramps. Medications for treating high blood pressure can cause dehydration that can contribute to muscle cramping.

3)   Circulation abnormalities—Narrowing of the arteries that often occurs as we get older and the resultant decrease in blood flow to the extremities can cause cramping in the feet.

If you are experiencing foot cramping that doesn’t subside after resting, or if the cramps are also associated with inflammation or muscle weakness, contact your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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