What’s Causing Your Foot Cramps?

I like to think of myself as a pretty tough cookie, but if there’s one thing that can literally bring me to my knees, it’s a foot cramp. I’m not ashamed to admit this, because when I get foot cramps, they’re bad, and I know I’m not the only one who experiences these painful and uncomfortable sensations on a regular basis. It’s always good to know ways to relieve foot cramps when you’re struggling with them in the moment, but the best thing to do is to eliminate them from your life altogether so you’re no longer struggling with them in the first place. How can you do this? Figuring out what’s causing your feet to cramp up is crucial when it comes to taking the preventative steps (pun intended) toward a cramp-free life. 


Add foot cramps to the incredibly long list of physical symptoms your body experiences when it’s trying to tell you you’re not getting enough water. Dehydration leads to a loss of electrolytes in your body. Electrolytes are responsible for the natural contractions of your muscles; without them, you’re more likely to experience cramps and spasms. 

Lack of Important Nutrients From Your Diet

Electrolytes can be naturally obtained from food sources that are high in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium. Bananas, spinach, and other leafy greens and fresh fruits are full of electrolytes. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet filled with whole, fresh foods so that your muscles are getting adequate care. 

Fancy Shoes

Hey, I love fashion as much as the average woman, but I also love going to sleep and not waking up in the middle of the night with my feet out of control because of spasms. If you can find a clear correlation between days you wear high heels or uncomfortable shoes, and nights you suffer from foot cramps, you’ll need to get yourself some better footwear. 

Too Much Exercise

You want to be exercising on a regular basis, but you shouldn’t be overexerting yourself in the process. Aim for a mix of cardio and strength training about 30 minutes a day, 3-4 days p[er week. If you ever feel pain or discomfort while exercising, stop immediately. Your body uses pain as a signal for you to stop pushing yourself, so be sure to listen to it. Stretching can help loosen up your muscles before a workout so you’re less likely to overexert them. 

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