Foot cramps are characterized by involuntary muscle contractions, and commonly occur in the arch, near the toes, or on the upper part of the foot. Various factors contribute to foot cramps, including low potassium, over exercising, dehydration, and ill-fitting footwear. Pushing muscles beyond their usual limits during physical activities, from beginners to top athletes, can lead to muscle spasms and foot cramps. Dehydration can result from diarrhea, vomiting, insufficient water intake, excessive exercise, or overheating. Signs of dehydration can include chills, dry mouth, and concentrated urine. Wearing ill-fitting footwear, particularly overly tight shoes, can impede blood circulation to the foot, causing muscles to cramp. It is essential to replace restrictive footwear with well-fitted alternatives to prevent circulation issues. Lastly, while nerve damage itself does not cause cramping, individuals with diabetes are prone to nerve damage in the feet, and factors like exposure to toxins, genetic disorders, metabolic issues, injuries, or certain medications can contribute to nerve damage. If you suffer from severe or chronic foot cramps, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and suggest appropriate treatment options.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Paul Drucker from NYC Foot Care, PC. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 70th Street Manhattan, 60th Street Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, Plainview, NY and Fair Lawn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.