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Why does my foot cramp up?

There are various reasons you may be experiencing a foot cramp, though, broadly-speaking, most incidents tend to be the result of either fatigue or insufficient nutrition. Nutrition deficiency is often brought about by overuse, poor dietary habits, or medical conditions that inhibit your muscles’ ability to absorb necessary vitamins.

Foot CrampAge is a significant risk factor; as we get older our muscles weaken and become more prone to fatigue and cramping. However, even young, healthy people can cramp up if they put themselves through more strenuous exercise than they’re prepared to handle.

If your diet is low in essential vitamins such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, your muscles may not work as smoothly, leading to bouts of cramping. This can be magnified by a medical condition such as diabetes, which reduces circulation and thus limits the flow of nutrients to your feet and toes.

Even though cramps aren’t always predictable and it can be tough to pinpoint the precise trigger, let Family Foot and Ankle Center help. Visit one of our six Cincinnati-area offices and let our experts assist you in finding a solution. For an appointment, dial (513) 728-4800, or (859) 282-1572 in Kentucky.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.