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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
May 14, 2013
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Muscle cramps   obesity   muscle pain  

A foot cramp can attack suddenly, in the middle of the night or while you are simply minding your own business and have you gripping your foot in pain. It feels like every nerve is being stabbed and squeezed and you can only wait until it is over.

Why do foot cramps happen?

Understanding foot cramps will help you learn what you can do about them. A foot cramp is essentially a muscle cramp.  Cramps can affect any muscle in your body and cramps in legs and feet are very common. When they occur in the bottom of your feet, it is due to a muscle being forced to contract and unable to relax.

A foot cramp can happen at any time, even when you are sleeping. While they are not life threatening, they are very uncomfortable so take a look at these factors that can contribute to you having a foot cramp:

  • Exercising too hard or for too long and strenuous physical activity can cause overuse injuries and muscle cramps (Read more about exercising at home)
  • Muscles are composed of over 60% water and cramps are a side effect of dehydration
  • Having low potassium and sodium levels in your diet can result in cramps
  • Muscle strain or holding a position for a long period of time
  • Being overweight or over 65 years of age can make you prone to foot cramps (Read more about weight loss and healthy feet)

Even something as small as a foot cramp is worth treating. Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA can provide many treatment options to reduce the occurrence of foot cramps and get you back to your life without worry of when the next one will strike. Call our office today (724) 225-7419 or request an appointment online