Muscle cramps can be extremely painful and last for a while before subsiding. The most common reason for leg and foot cramps is dehydration. Therefore, it is very important to drink plenty of water and rehydrating fluids so that your muscles retain their elasticity.
However, if you are experiencing these cramps more frequently than before, here are a few other causes that you should keep in mind:
- Poor blood circulation: Often associated with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), restricted blood flow can cause cramps in the lower limbs. These tend to worsen during physical exertion like in exercise routines. Therefore, staying hydrated is of utmost importance so that blood circulation improves and cramps can be avoided.
- Deficiencies: Your muscles require a healthy supply of several minerals including magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Lack of these minerals also leads to the occurrence of cramps. Consult your foot doctor to recommend supplements and ensure a healthy diet so that your body gets ample replenishment.
- Diabetic nerve damage: Also referred to as peripheral nerve damage, this problem can constrict your nerves alongside restricting blood flow resulting in leg and foot cramps. Pinched nerves not only cause pain but can result in numbness and lack of sensation in the feet.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have seen that patients tend to mistake sprains and arch pain with muscle cramps. If you are experiencing cramps or are suffering from pain but are unsure about the cause, we urge you to visit your podiatrist right away.
Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is trained and certified to treat a wide range of foot and ankle issues including bone deformities, joint pain, ingrown toenails, heel or arch issues and more. Feel free to contact us for high-quality foot and ankle care at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York for your ease and convenience. For more extensive information on podiatry related topics, visit our patient library and blogs section.