Your head hits the pillow; you’re drifting off to dreamland, when suddenly the muscles of your calf or foot suddenly become hard, tight, and extremely painful. This is the result of a muscle cramp, aptly named Charley horses and they are caused by muscle spasms – involuntary contractions of one or more muscles. The cause of these cramps is more important than the discomfort and inconvenience they cause and Dr. Mark Forman would like to explain why they happen.
Understanding what causes foot cramps can help you prevent them from occurring. The body needs an appropriate balance of vitamins and minerals to function properly, so when these cramps occur it’s because your body is lacking something it needs. Foot cramps are commonly caused by imbalances in calcium, vitamin E, potassium, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin B6, or all of the above. All of the vitamin and minerals play a primary role in your overall health, which is why you should ingest them as much as possible. No matter when muscle cramps occur, there are several things you can do to alleviate the pain, such as massaging the area, stretching, or icing the muscle, or warming the muscle.
To learn about the conditions we treat and the services we provide at our office, visit www.azfootpain.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale, AZ, call 480-423-8400.