Why Am I Getting Foot Cramps?


Getting a muscle cramp in your foot can happen right out of the blue and have you doubled up on the floor in pain during an exercise regimen or athletic activity. They can also strike in the middle of the night and make it impossible to get any rest.

A cramp in your foot is caused by the contraction of muscles, creating severe pain and a locking sensation in the foot. Pulling on your big toe will often help the cramp to subside more quickly.

4 reasons why you may be experiencing cramping in your feet:

1)    Nutrient imbalances - Having proper amounts of the electrolytes of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium are essential for optimum muscle control.

2)    Dehydration - Dehydrated muscles don’t function correctly and are more susceptible to cramping. Drink plenty of water or other healthy liquids every day, especially during vigorous exercise or sporting activities.

3)    Skipping your warm-up exercises - Always include a stretching and flexing routine before and after exercise to limber your muscles and avoid cramping.

4)    Poorly fitting footwear - Probably the most important factor for helping to avoid foot cramps and other foot and ankle injuries is to make sure you are properly measured for shoes that have the correct arch support, and talk with your podiatrist about custom-made orthotic inserts that exactly fit your particular foot shape.

Although foot cramps are usually not serious, if you are experiencing foot cramping on a regular basis you should see your podiatrist to determine the cause. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.