It’s hard enough getting a good night’s sleep without muscle cramps in your feet keeping you awake. The nocturnal foot cramps you may be experiencing are actually contractions in the muscles or muscle fibers in your feet. Foot cramps occurring at night may be caused by muscle fatigue due to overtaxing the feet muscles, low levels of potassium (hypokalemia) or magnesium, medication side effects, pregnancy, or shoes that are too tight or that fail to provide adequate arch support. There are certain medical issues that may lead to nocturnal foot cramps, including arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, thyroid disease, asthma, and heart attacks. Other contributing factors to developing these troublesome cramps are pregnancy, smoking, obesity, old age, and poor health. Consult with a podiatrist if your nocturnal muscle cramps do not improve within a couple of weeks to receive an accurate diagnosis and to discuss your treatment options.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. 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 office located in Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.