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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 22, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care, if you’re plagued with toe cramps, we know it’s no small matter. In most cases, toe cramps are not medically serious, but they certainly can be extremely painful and make it difficult to do most anything until they subside.

Here are three common causes of this pesky condition:

  1. Over/under exertion—ironically, toe cramps can be caused by either too much or too little physical activity. For many of our Middlesex County patients, the last three months spent at home to prevent the spread of COVID have resulted in an increase in foot pain due to re-entry into normal activity once again. If the onset of toe cramps is recent, this may be the reason. If, however, your activity level is normally low and that hasn’t changed, toe cramps may also be the result of little or no exercise. In either case, a steady amount of physical activity and some gentle stretching and flexing of the toes should help.

  2. Weight Gain—are you one of those people who has noticed the unwelcome side effect of being stuck at home?  Is the needle on the scale creeping upward? If so, you’re not alone. Extra pounds put a substantial strain on your feet and knees.  However—every pound you gain puts an additional 3 to 5 pounds of pressure on your lower extremities.

  3. Loss of Electrolytes—dehydration and a lack of certain minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium can also cause cramping in your toes and also your lower legs. Try water or sports drink that is infused with electrolytes. To make sure you’re getting enough water every day, fill a half-gallon container in the morning and try to finish it before the day is over.

If none of these solutions seem to help with your toe cramps, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to rule out any other medical conditions.




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