What causes muscles to cramp?

Muscles cramp for multiple reasons. The most common causes are fatigue and overuse, dehydration, holding one position for too long, and poor circulation. The more tired and overworked your muscles are, the more likely they will seize up when you continue to use them. Without sufficient water in your body, your muscles are prone to cramping as well. Holding one position for too long stresses your muscle tissues in several ways, which can make a cramp more likely. Poor circulation means your lower limbs aren’t able to get the oxygen and nutrients they need, and so leads to painful problems.

Sometimes serious health conditions can make you prone to muscle cramping as well. Kidney disease, thyroid disorders, nerve problems, and even diabetes can contribute to muscle cramps, particularly in your lower limbs. Sometimes the pain is a side effect of medications or vitamin deficiencies, too. If you’re struggling with frequent foot cramps, let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you discover the underlying cause. Make an appointment at our Castle Pines, Parker, or Cherry Creek, CO, offices online. You can also call (303) 805-5156 to reach us.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC