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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could cause frequent toe cramps (esp during activities like yoga)? I am female in 30's a runner and vegetarian, otherwise no health problems. Thx
Cramping in Athletes: Cramping in athletes is frequently caused by dehydration and subsequent electrolyte imbalance. Be sure you are drinking fluids that can replace the electrolytes you lose while running. Smart Water and Pedialyte are good alternatives to sugary sport drinks like Gatorade. In addition, try a calcium/magnesium supplement and drinking a bottle of tonic water. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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