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What Causes Your Toes To Cramp
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
What causes my foot cramping? Used to have really bad then it went away. Now it's back and even my toes cramp up.
Decreased oxygen.: Muscles cramp when they need more oxygen. When you lie flat in bed your blood pressure drops slightly reducing blood flow to your feet. This may result in cramping of the muscles in your feet. It may also be an electrolyte imbalance. Try 12 ounces of tonic water an hour before bedtime. Go for a general physical exam and routine blood work as well. ...Read more
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