The rapid contraction of a muscle in your foot or leg can be very painful, but it is usually nothing to be too concerned about. Working very hard or doing vigorous exercise — especially when it’s warmer outside — can cause cramping, so it is very important to maintain your hydration by drinking plenty of healthy fluids.
Some serious causes of foot cramping
If you are experiencing persistent foot and leg cramps, the cause may be a serious condition that could include the following:
- Nerve damage—If the nerves in the spine are constricted it can cause a condition called “lumbar stenosis” which nerve compression that causes pain when walking or even performing minor movements and exercises. Since the pain is often relieved after bending over at the waste, spinal stretching exercises will help.
- Nutrient deficiencies—Consuming proper amounts of calcium, magnesium, and potassium are required for your muscles to function properly. Certain medications like those that treat high blood pressure can cause a depletion of minerals
- Poor blood circulation—Narrowing of the arteries usually occurs during the aging process and often results in a reduction in blood flow to your extremities. Poor circulation is often exacerbated during exercise and that can increase cramping.
If you are regularly experiencing foot and leg cramping that doesn’t subside with rest or that is accompanied by swelling, weakness and redness, you should see your podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and the correct treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Payel Ghosh and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.