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How can foot cramps happen?

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Foot cramps happen when a muscle in your foot suddenly squeezes and can’t relax. The feeling you get ranges from a slight tic to an intense spasm that causes a lot of pain. Foot cramps are usually harmless. Often, you can take care of the pain yourself at home.

   

SOURCES:

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: “Muscle Cramp.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Don’t Let Foot Cramps and Charley Horses Slow You Down.”

Mayo Clinic: “Muscle Cramp.”

 

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 2, 2019

   

SOURCES:

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: “Muscle Cramp.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Don’t Let Foot Cramps and Charley Horses Slow You Down.”

Mayo Clinic: “Muscle Cramp.”

 

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 2, 2019

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