I got a message through my Ask Doctor Jo YouTube Channel and the person wanted to know what to do about foot cramping. Well, there are several different causes of foot cramping. It can mean different things if you are getting foot cramping after exercises or increased activities, or if you are getting them without increased activity.
Cramping can be caused by improper footwear, so that would be one of the first things I would look at. You can ask your doctor or therapist for any suggestions based on your foot type. Foot cramps can also be caused from dehydration or lack of potassium. Increasing your electrolytes with any kind of sports drinks or increasing your water intake might also help.
There are also many kinds of prescribed medications now that have cramping as the most common side effect. Many of the statin drugs (cholesterol medications) can cause cramping or weakness.
In the end, some people are just more prone to cramping than other people. The foot is made up of muscles, tendons, and fascia that can cause cramping. Many of the tendons are actually attached to the muscles in your lower leg, so stretching the calf area for bottom of the foot cramping and stretching the anterior tibialis/top muscles for top of the foot cramping is the best place to start.
If you are cramping in your foot, and your toes curl downwards, then please go check out my plantar fasciitis video. Most likely you don’t have plantar fasciitis, but the stretches will help with the muscles in the back of your leg and on the bottom of your foot.
If you are cramping and your toes curl up or flare out, then please go check out my shin splints stretching video. That will help stretch the muscles on the top of the leg and foot.
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