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There are a few reasons your feet may be cramping up. When it comes to your feet specifically, the most likely culprit is ill-fitting shoes, says Alex Kor, DPM, a podiatrist at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, and immediate past president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. As you exercise and your feet swell with the heat, ultra-tight shoes can compress the nerves on top of your foot. You can mitigate it temporarily by tying your shoes differently to relieve pressure on the top, says Kor. 
 
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In fact, tendinitis—either caused by poor footwear or other overuse events—is a prime culprit of foot cramping, Kor says. This inflammation in your tendons can cause not just pain but also potential swelling. But you won’t know if it’s a soft tissue condition, nerve issue, or bone problem unless you see someone, Kor adds. Metabolic disorder is another potential cause of foot cramping—albeit a much less likely one—because low potassium and low sodium levels can cause cramps. But if this were the case, you'd suffer from cramps outside the gym as well, Kor adds.
 
Source: Rachael Schultz, Men's Fitness [2/14/17]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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Muscle cramps are caused by involuntary muscle contractions, and it's common to get them in your legs — but foot cramps are no different, says Jackie Sutera, DPM, a podiatrist in New York City. "Spasms and cramps in feet can come from overuse, doing a new exercise, or not having the proper footgear," she says.
 
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Even though cramps seem to come out of nowhere, they are preventable, Dr. Sutera says. It can be helpful to stretch the arches of your feet before working out, and warm up by practicing some of the movements that you know you'll be doing during the class. And don't forget to stay hydrated. That said, if you frequently get foot cramps and can't tell what has caused it, that might be a red flag that you should see a doctor.
 
Source: Cory Steig, Refinery29 [8/17/17]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
 Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.
 
 



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