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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.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 08, 2019
Category: foot pain
Tags: foot cramps  

Have you ever experienced a sudden tightening of your foot or leg muscles in such a way that you needed to hold them or rub them to bring your muscles back to their original place? These muscle constrictions are known as “foot cramps” and, needless to mention, their occurrence is excruciatingly painful.

Why do foot cramps occur? Here are a few common causes:

  • Staying hydrated is crucial for our body to perform its functions properly. One of the main reasons for foot or leg cramps is dehydration, especially when the water supply is not replenished during or after exercise and strenuous work-outs.
  • A condition called “lumbar stenosis” could be the reason for your cramps. This is when your spine narrows its passage causing nervous compression in the areas connecting the lower back and your legs.
  • Insufficient supply of minerals to your muscles also causes cramps. Minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, etc. are essential for the proper functionality of the muscles. Certain medications also tend to use up the mineral storage from our bodies, leading to dehydration and cramps.
  • Foot cramps can also be attributed to poor blood flow in your legs and feet. This state is worsened if you are experiencing artery or vein compression which results in fluid accumulation around your feet and ankles.

Usually, we tend to take cramps lightly as they occur for a few (though seemingly endless) minutes. However, if you feel that their frequency is increasing or their duration is longer, then it is advised that you visit your podiatrist and get your feet examined thoroughly.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we specialize in treating a range of foot and ankle-related conditions with years of experience and excellent results. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is committed to providing patients of all ages with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options. We have two offices conveniently located in Brooklyn: (718)624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights) and (718)567-1403 (Brooklyn). Call or visit us at your ease and convenience and say goodbye to foot cramps!