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Toes Cramp Up And Curl
Muscle fatigue: Muscles cramp when they fatigued. This often happens when your feet are not properly supported, causing them to be overworked. Switching to properly supportive shoe gear should help. If not, see a podiatrist to discuss custom biomechanical orthotics. Also, stay well-hydrated and consider electrolyte replacement if you are exercising. ...Read more
Toe Spasms, Chronic: There are many causes of toe cramping: muscle spasms, nutrition deficiencies, neuropathy, poor circulation, and medication side effects. You need an exam by podiatrist and vascular specialist to rule out arterial insufficiency and nerve disease. If you smoke you should quit immediately. Smoking can directly affect blood flow to the toes. Long-term smoking causes permanent damage to arteries. ...Read more
Further exam: Cramping can be due to using muscles that you don't normally use. Sometime from doing activity that uses the small muscles in the foot not used in daily activity. It could also be due to dehydration, an imbalance of potassium/sodium, response to prescription medications... As well as many other causes. I would suggest further work-up. ...Read more
Pain: It is impossible to tell you what the pain is coming from without examining you I would suggest you see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis ...Read more
See a foot & ankle-: -orthopedic surgeon, or a podiatrist. Your choice, my preference is a fellowship trained orthopedist. ...Read more
I am a 50 year old male. I have a problem with getting cramps in places all over my body. When I stretch, or roll over, etc. It even happens in my toes!
Lack of support: Toe cramping is a sign of muscle fatigue. If you have flat feet or lack of support in your shoes you may be experiencing this. Best to stretch your toes and calf muscles and try otc superfeet inserts in your shoes. If not improved you may need a more custom device. Also make sure your electrolytes are in balance. ...Read more
Lots of reasons: Bunions, hammertoes, high arches, flat feet, shoes are some of the reasons. Need more information before a better answer is given. Which toes, any activites when they cramp, type of shoes worn most of the time, foot deformities, overall health. See a podiatrist if it's a real problem. ...Read more
Toe cramps: Try stretching exercises before going to bed: stretch the achilles tendon (gently, not with jerking motions); stretch plantar fascia (bottom of foot) by pulling toes towards you with towel; use toes to grab towel to pull it towards you. If you are on medications, check with doc that electrolytes & mineral levels are ok. Make sure you're getting adequate calcium. See doc if not improved. ...Read more
Determine the cause: If consistent with "restless leg syndrome", then bedtime drug therapy might be helpful. Excluding Ca/Mg, potassium & muscle disorders should be excluded, often seen with diuretic agents, chronic malabsorption (often w/diarrhea), & sometimes statins. Bilateral symptoms rarely indicate sciatica or related spinal conditions. ...Read more
Unlikely to be PAD!: Many people get cramps in their arches and toes especially at the end of a long day on their feet. These are generally benign and caused by tightening of the hamstring muscles and tendon attachments down into the soles (plantar fascia). In worst case these can get inflamed and may need treatment, but prevention by stretches is key. If persistent rule out electrolyte imbalance with a chem test. ...Read more
Toe cramping: One possible cause that should be considered is peripheral artery disease, compromised circulation in your legs/feet due to narrowed arteries. Peripheral artery disease is also likely to be a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries, known as atherosclerosis. This condition may be reducing blood flow to your heart and brain, as well as your legs. ...Read more
Hydrate well: Standing on cold floor does not help. ...Read more
My sister has a wierd problem with her foretoe. While she is doing "nothing" her toe suddenly locks like a cramp and it doesn't gets normal quickly.
Cramps: Cramps most commonly occur when a muscle is used beyond its endurance capacity. In an attempt to prevent the muscle from being used any further, the muscle locks up to prevent ripping or tearing. You need to figure out what she is doing to overuse the foot muscle and avoid overuse. Additionally, an endurance building exercise should be started to prevent this in the future. ...Read more
Yes: Dm both types can cause peripheral neuropathy as well as peripheral vascular disease causing narrowing of vessels. Hence get examined by your doctor for intact peripheral pulsations, intact foot sensations and have annual foot examas without fail, if peripheral vascular disease is suspected you may need a doppler scan for arteris of legs. Your doc. Will decide based on exaamination findings. ...Read more
Dehydration: There are lots of causes for this. This is commonly caused by not drinking enough fluids. Try 64 ounces of water a day for a week or two and see if it goes away. You'll be running to the bathroom frequently, but it often works and that amount of water is good for you anyway. ...Read more
Evolution reversal: It depends on what you are using the shoes for and how often you are wearing them. Likely, you have used shoes with similar soles and shock absorption for your whole life. If you switch suddenly to a different shoe construct, the intrinsic muscles of your feet have no time to adapt to the new mechanics. Try slow transition into them. 30 mins/day to start. If still hurts, system may not fit withyou. ...Read more
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