Cramps usually occur in the toes at the arch of the foot, or in the calf muscles. As irritating and painful as cramps can be, they can last a few minutes or even a few days. There are certain factors that increase your chances of getting a cramp in your foot.
Lack of vitamins and minerals
In order for the body to function properly, there needs to be the right balance of vitamins and minerals. Foot cramps usually occur when there is an imbalance of the following:
- Vitamin E: lack of this vitamin can reduce oxygen levels to the muscles, causing foot cramps. This is because vitamin E is needed for red blood cell production, as lack of it will hinder the amount of oxygen supplied to the muscles.
- Calcium: helps communicate nerve impulses to muscles, making them contract and relax how they should. High sodium levels and lack of vitamin D can reduce calcium levels.
- Vitamin D: helps the absorption of magnesium and calcium.
- Magnesium: low levels of this mineral will bond calcium and sodium ions in the muscle. This will prevent the muscle from relaxing, causing foot cramps.
- Vitamin B6: essential for healthy function of muscles and nerves.
Frequent cramps can indicate underlying health problems. Diabetes, anemia, Parkinson’s and thyroid problems can all increase the risk of foot cramps.
The function of a nerve is to send signals from the brain to the muscles, telling the muscles when to relax and contract. A damaged nerve, such as a pinched nerve, can’t interrupt this signal, resulting in foot cramps.
Muscles spasm in order to prevent further damage once you have injured yourself. For example, calf muscles will cramp if the muscle has been overstretched or torn. This is the body’s way of preventing further injury to the area.
If you suffer from foot cramps, or any other foot condition, Nuestep can help you. Call us at 866-508-5108 today and don’t let foot pain slow you down anymore.