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By Michael Stein, DPM
December 05, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: diet   stretching   foot cramps  

Bay Area residents and visitors know a little bit about cramped conditions—the metro area is the nation’s fifth-largest, and San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the United States (trailing only New York). While running elbow to elbow with tourists through Chinatown might be merely tolerable, one place you really don’t want to feel cramped is in your feet.

Foot cramps are the result of involuntary muscle spasms. They can strike at any time, usually quite suddenly, and often last for a few minutes. Even if they only last a few seconds, though, the pain can be quite intense. Here are some simple tips you can use to get rid of foot cramps:

  • Gentle massage and heat therapy can ease discomfort by relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow, which allows more nutrients to reach the muscles.
  • Gently stretching feet and toes when the pain strikes can help relax muscles more quickly and build up resistance to cramps by improving flexibility and strengthening muscles.
  • Drink lots of water. Dehydration is a major contributing factor for many types of cramps, including foot cramps.
  • Eat a balanced diet and, as long as your doctor gives you the okay, try taking regular nutritional supplements. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D and E, calcium, potassium, and others are frequently present in those who deal with regular cramping.
  • Check your shoes. Ill-fitting or improper footwear adds stress to muscles and may make them more susceptible to spasms.
  • Some people report that wearing toe stretchers (which improve flexibility in the muscles and ligaments of the forefoot) for an hour or so per day reduces the frequency of cramping.

Foot cramps are no fun, especially for those whose spasms are especially frequent, painful, or long-lasting. When home treatments aren’t enough, see the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay by calling (510) 483-3390. Trust Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, to help you get rid of foot cramps.

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