It may seem like a small thing, but at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that toe cramps can put a big crimp in your lifestyle. Toe cramps can be very painful and definitely hard to ignore. The trick to decreasing or eliminating their occurrence is to track down the source. Below are some common reasons for toe cramps and what to do about them.
- Overexertion. Normally, daily activities like going to work, grocery shopping, taking children to activities, etc. wouldn’t constitute overexertion. But, if you’ve spent the last three months stuck at home, resuming your regular routine may feel like overexertion to your feet. Some gentle stretches and toe flexes done daily should help, along with consistent physical activity.
- Missing nutrients. Deficiencies in magnesium, potassium, and calcium can be the root cause of toe cramps. You can replenish electrolytes with infused waters and sports drinks. Check your food intake as well and make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet with lots of different vegetables and fruits to ensure adequate intake of all vitamins and minerals.
- Extra pounds. Another unfortunate result of the pandemic shut down for many people is some unwanted weight gain. Stress and boredom eating combined with decreased activity over a several month period can easily lead to a 5-10-pound weight increase. Excess weight puts added strain on your toes and the rest of your feet. It increases your risk for other podiatric conditions in addition to toe cramps. If this is the case for you, it’s time to focus on getting rid of that weight by decreasing portion size, limiting high-calorie foods and increasing exercise.
In some cases, toe cramps may signal a more serious condition such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. If the simple remedies above don’t work, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office and our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Philip M. Watkins will examine your feet and determine the source of your discomfort.