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Corralling the Causes of Foot Cramps

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Foot crampsHula hooping is back!  Get a workout this Wednesday at the Hula for Fitness Class at the La Sierra Community Center from 6:45 to 7:45 PM. This cultural practice promises improved posture, coordination, and flexibility. If you have trouble with foot cramps, this low-impact activity might be just enough to ease your pain.

If you experience a spasm in your foot, you’re going to feel it. Usually, it involves a sudden tightening of the muscles. All at once, you’re immobilized by extreme pain for two to three minutes. These cramps are better known as charley horses. They’re an involuntary contraction of the muscles that come without warning.

A lot of things can cause this pain. It’s important to know the cause so you can treat and prevent it from happening again. You can experience cramps if you’ve recently increased your activity, failed to stretch before exercise, or put your foot muscles through an enormous amount of stress. Most often, your foot spasms because of fatigue or stress.

Dehydration and nutrition deficiency also attribute to tightening of foot muscles. Poor circulation, diabetes, and flat feet are also big factors. Athletes and elderly people need to watch out for spasms

Don’t let foot cramps throw you for a loop. If your cramps are happening daily for weeks at a time, please call the McDowell Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434. Our office in Carmichael, CA, serves the greater Sacramento area, including Citrus Heights and Fair Oaks. To keep in touch, visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest page.

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Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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