Why can induce muscle cramps in my feet so easily?
January 19, 2007 12:25 AM Subscribe
I can induce foot cramps really easily - why?
posted by tomble to health & fitness (29 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've always been able to induce foot cramps very easily.
All I have to do is either curl my big toe down - more like I'm trying to point the second joint down than curl it, and the big muscle in the arch locks up tight and hurts. If I sort of point my toes together as if they were going into a narrow toe shoe and hold them there, more muscles across my feet lock up.
It also can happen when I am kneeling down, because of the angle my toes are pushed into.
Now, this doesn't worry me. It can be stopped pretty easily, and I even find myself doing it consciously while lying in bed (the tendons kind of creak back into relaxation as it ends, and it feels cool!). It's also not a terrible pain, and though I'm not a masochist I kind of enjoy the experience.
I just wonder why this should be. My feet have done it for as long as I can remember, I have a balanced diet, walk a fair bit and don't have any real health issues. Unwanted cramps are pretty rare, and not very severe.
Does anyone else share this weird foot cramp problem, or have an explanation for it? I've looked around and not seen much information other than about general muscle cramps