Cramps in toes can be described as a sudden onset of agonizing pain whatever activity an individual is doing, or even if he or she is resting. This affects individuals of any age group, but commonly occurs on middle-aged and older persons.
- Sufferers experience tightening or painful contraction in the middle of the foot with writhing pain of the toes.
- Leg cramps are excruciating pain and tightening of leg muscles. Like toe cramps, a person experiences this without any symptom, just a sudden onset whether resting, sleeping, or on any activity done.
What causes cramps in toes and feet?
- Poor blood circulation often caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Overworked foot such as over exercise and long walks
- Nutritional deficiency such as lack of calcium and potassium
- Medications such as for asthma, high cholesterol, and hypertension can cause cramps
- Environmental toxicity
- Chemical sensitivity
Natural Treatment and Prevention for Cramps on Toes and Feet
- Upon onset, try walking with the affected leg then elevate it at waist level
- Stretch calf by grabbing the toes of the effected leg and pull it towards the knee, legs extended straight
- Soak foot in warm water
- Massage cramp muscle and surrounding area to relax it and promote blood circulation
- Acupuncture and reflexology at times help treat the cramps
- If toe cramps is persistent, seek doctor’s help
- Strengthen muscles through exercise. Lift the body up and down with the support of the toes, holding for 5 – 6 seconds and relax.
- Increase intake of calcium, potassium, and Vitamin C to help stabilize body electrolytes
- Increase water intake
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes daily. Wear comfortable shoes daily and make a point to remove them once in a while to exercise or stretch feet.
- Eat a balanced diet to supply the body with proper nutrients for proper muscle function.