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Foot Cramps that make my toes go in different directions

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 06, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Mostly at night but sometimes in the day I get these aufull cramps in my feet. It make my toes go in abnormal directions also the tendons on the top of my leg stick out it really hurts and I have to walk for about 10 minutes till they go away could someone please tell me what causes it

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on July 01, 2012
at 01:01 PM

It's almost assuredly an electrolyte imbalance. I agree with increasing potassium and magnesium. When I get cramps I use potassium salt mixed with my sea salt and take a mg supp at night. Works like a charm.

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on April 07, 2012
at 11:28 AM

electrolytes. Your balance between potassium, magnesium and sodium is probably off-kilter.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on April 07, 2012
at 11:27 AM

yeah, it's most likely electrolyte balance. WHen you sweat a lot, it goes off.

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on April 07, 2012
at 12:44 AM

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on April 07, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Read MDA latest post on cramps.

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on April 06, 2012
at 10:53 PM

More carbs and more water? I had the same cramps, and upping both worked for me.

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on April 06, 2012
at 08:52 PM

getting these as well, will be listening in on this thread. (my wife just chimed in: I get those too)

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on April 07, 2012
at 07:38 AM

I have been LC-VLC for over 4 years now - get cramps on occasion, when I do I just up my potassium & magnesium intake for a day or two and they go away. Only pattern I have noticed is if I have been very active in hot weather I may get a cramp, so dehydration may be a factor.

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on April 07, 2012
at 11:27 AM

yeah, it's most likely electrolyte balance. WHen you sweat a lot, it goes off.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on July 01, 2012
at 01:01 PM

It's almost assuredly an electrolyte imbalance. I agree with increasing potassium and magnesium. When I get cramps I use potassium salt mixed with my sea salt and take a mg supp at night. Works like a charm.

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on September 12, 2014
at 09:33 PM

I also have the same toe issues as Raydawg. It started on my right foot about 8months ago, my 3rd n 4th toe all of a sudden crossed out of nowhere! WHOA talk about instant severe pain! It would a few times a month, then my left toes decided they wanted to join in the fun lol but between my 2nd n 3rd toe the make the letter V. It's extremely painful and I can't make them go back to normal when it's happening. It's like some one or something is doing it. I normally try to kinda hop around make it move, but it hurts like crazy from 10-30 minutes at a time. It slowly eases up. It's getting worse and more frequent. I'm F/mid thirties/ white n Native American . I have Fibro (11 years), Rhemituid Arthritis (feet, back,knees, both hands ) , bulging disk on right side neck, lower back disk disease, carpal tunnel both hands ( yes I'm was supposed to get surgery 3 months ago well actually 2 years ago.. But I've kept putting it off) but it's time. 

My pain doctor said it could be caused from my RA or maybe even my back. So now I get to go visit 3 doctors a month instead two lol lucky me ;) I'm hoping the RA doc can tell me what's causing this. I'm 5'4 and weigh 125. After my son my was born 5 and 1/2 years ago they said if I lost weight it would lessen the pain. Liars!! Lol it helped some, but this weird painful toe crap has a mind of its own..takes the cake on pain for however long it wants to visit! I'm going to buy the vitamins today. 

If I find out more, I will keep it posted! Try to stay positive everyone :) hope I made a few smile because I know this pain very well too!! 

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on December 13, 2013
at 08:02 PM

I've been dealing with this for years & the doctors do not offer sympathy or help. My toes & feet & now the left led hurt so bad that it interferes with my sleep & I even cry with severe pain. I've taken the magnesium, Equip, banana, & drink coconut water all the time. I do not have an answer but I do wish that the doctors would investigate & find help for us. I've been told it can be caused by nerve damage & also one cause can be insufficient blood flow. I sure wish they find help for us. If there is a miracle, I wish to be informed.

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:37 PM

I now think I know why:

How many carbs do you eat on the days you get cramps in your feet?

The upshot is I get these cramps on days with high carbs- especially noticeable on days when I eat dates. Obviously, more experiments are needed, and some kind of theory about why would be helpful. I feel compelled to eat more carbs since I am working out, but the cramps make me wonder if it is a bad idea.

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:00 PM

try soaking feet in epsom salt (it has magnesium) or try rubbing magnesium oil into skin. works also for leg cramps.

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on July 01, 2012
at 11:07 AM

I've had these happen on occasion, once when I added a commercial heavy cream packet to coffee at work (the kind that's in a small sealed plastic container and lasts for months without refrigeration and has some funky additives.) Perhaps it's just a coincidence. This was in the colder months, so not related to sweating. Or perhaps something about the cheap office coffee - but it didn't repeat with just black coffee.

It's a very weird feeling, as one of my toes decided to move to the left, and that being not an often used muscle (I don't think I can consciously move a specific toe to the left or to the right, just up/down). It fatigued very quickly and became painful. Pulling it back to center with my hand, I noticed resistance - it really wanted to go left. Sort of like a nerve-short circuit.

Taking a magnesium capsule got rid of the cramp within 20-30 minutes, so as other answers here report, it has to do with mineral balance. I'm not on a low sodium diet by any stretch, so perhaps low magnesium (or too much of another mineral that magnesium balanced?) has the same effect.

I've had a repeat of this on other occasions, and the magnesium trick fixed it each time. The 1st time, it lasted a very long time because I had no idea what to do, so I doubt it's a placebo.

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on April 07, 2012
at 10:17 AM

Carbs themselves probably wont do anything to help but the potassium and magnesium in those foods will.

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on April 07, 2012
at 07:59 AM

In some people, cramps like these go away with the addition of a little extra salt to the diet.

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on April 07, 2012
at 02:37 AM

More carbs and more water, and maybe even a banana or something. I would get those a lot but upping carbs definitely helped. I think it's dehydration from too few carbs and too much protein- probably makes your electrolytes wacky or just makes your body work really hard to regulate em. Adding in more starch helped me a lot with this.

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on April 06, 2012
at 11:59 PM

I had these as well; used to happen especially when lying down or foot is in a weird position. It would trigger a cramp and my toes would cross over. Not painful but very weird and it make me get put some pressure on my foot to relieve it.

I did a 7 day fast (and ofc following paleo diet) and I don't get it anymore.

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