Sometimes patients are hesitant to come to New England Foot & Ankle Specialists with a complaint of muscle spasms. After all, even though they are annoying and mildly painful, spasms don’t seem like a major problem requiring medical attention. However, muscle spasms (known as carpopedal spasms when they occur in the feet and toes) can be a first sign of a more serious medical problem. If you find them happening repeatedly, you should schedule an appointment to see one of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui, or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond for an evaluation.
Many Possible Causes
Part of the difficulty in determining what’s behind muscle spasms is that there are many possibilities. Some of them are fairly innocuous. One of the more common reasons is working out or participating in a sport and overdoing it or not stretching properly before or after the activity. Being dehydrated or having an electrolyte imbalance can bring them on. Muscle spasms in the feet are fairly common during the third trimester of pregnancy. They can also be caused by a Vitamin D deficiency or a side effect of taking certain medications. In these cases, the remedies are fairly straightforward.
Muscle spasms in the feet can also be the result of several medical conditions:
Nerve damage to one or a group of nerves
The foot doctor will examine your foot and also get a complete medical history from you. Certain lab tests, such as blood and urine analysis, can provide additional clues to the cause of muscle spasms. Once the podiatrist has traced the cause of your spasms the correct treatment can be prescribed. If the foot doctor suspects one of the neuromuscular or other medical conditions listed above you may be referred to a physician that specializes in that area of medicine.