Let me start by saying I have a lot of spine problems Cervical,lumbar and thoracic so I guess maybe that is why the cramping and pain in feet and toes are getting worse.It started with zinging pain underneath my toes when I walked... NOW It is so bad that I cant get out of bed fast enough and some times its hard to stop my toes from curling in, and the pain is HORRIBLE!! And once I do get my toes straight I have to keep my feet flat on the bed with my legs bent. Has anyone had this problem?What test should I have
Why do my feet and toes curl and cramp severely at night?
Question posted by skeeter b on 26 June 2013
Last updated on 12 November 2022
I have been having painful involuntary curling of my toes and pain in my big toes, arches and ankles of my feet. Pain sometimes shoots up back of legs too. It's mostly nocturnal when the covers are over my feet, and yes I have to lay my feet flat or lay on my side to alleviate it. I have discovered a supplement that helps a lot called, Nerve Control 911. Also rubbing on Theroworks for muscle spams helps too. I think it's neuropathy, but don't have a diagnosis yet. Does anyone else have this issue? To be continued...
I ware elastic stockings that fit tight. Can feel only tingling in my feet, ankles. Not sure if its best but have no severe cramping. I'm on my feet standing for long times. Probably could use other answers. Its new to me.
Just want to add that I, too, (a 57 yr. old woman) have had the severe leg, feet and toe cramping especially at night for the past ten years. No real explanation other than I have been a runner for many years, and as a teacher, I have also stood a great deal. My doctor says to make sure I stretch. Not so helpful. It's as if my legs, feet and sometimes my toes clench, curl and distort. They become hypertonic. It's crazy. It is so excruciating. Roll-on Aspercreme and sitting with my feet on a heating pad have helped a bit. I missed work the other day because every time I tried to go back to bed, my legs, feet and toes would start to clench, which was so painful. I was up all night. Sometimes I even feel a slight tight feeling in my lower left face, and think jeez am I going to have a stroke? Maybe some connected nerve? I've always tried to stay healthy.
I've tried everything from tonic water, Gatorade for electrolytes, magnesium, calcium, bananas, leg cramp pills, everything. I don't think it is food related - maybe overactive nerves. IDK. I do a little better with warm, very loose socks on (never pointed toe shoes or heels), but it is still a crazy situation that nobody seems to really understand. I have to be very careful to make sure my feet are not twisted as I press the pedal in my car or sit with my feet pressed tensely into the floor. I also have to make sure I stand and walk right on my feet and don't clench. I am not going to start taking drugs with side effects. I wish you all with similar problems the very best. I know this is tough. L
Taking potassium and magnesium daily will help with leg cramps and foot cramping. This is in addiction to a multivitamin.
As a home remedy, rubbing apple cider vinegar to the area is suppose to give relief but I admit I only read this and haven’t actually tried that myself. I do know you can even purchase a remedy to either drink or rub directly on the cramp that consist of apple cider vinegar, ginger and garlic so maybe there is some truth to it.
As far as testing is concerned I have been told that when you experience leg cramping you should have your doctor run a thyroid panel and your vitamin D25 test.
Hope this helps you.
I have had the same thing happen to me. And, yes, it is very painful. I also have had my lower back, pelvis, and left leg crushed. I was ran over by a truck. I also have Charley horses like you. Usually it's because I have done too much that day. I also had my potassium checked and it was low. That was causing my leg and foot cramps. You should ask your doctor to see if your potassium is low. And see if he will prescibe you a muscle relaxer. Hope this helps.
I get the same thing but I get it in the sides of my feet and in my ribs toes , legs sometimes neck i had spider veins surgery but that didnt help
Ask for an MRI to rule out ARACHNOIDITIS
I am very worried on this cramp subject. it doesn't matter how i stand lay etc my body goes in to cramps and pain, i have told my doctor, but just get i need 2 exercise. my right hip has been a problem for over 5yrs an have a lump there but been told it notted muscle, yet i am using lidocane patches just so it is not so painful. i get pains in my chest and my jaw aches so bad sometimes i can only get rid by swollowing water, can anyone help ..I know this is two subjects but i feel both are entwined and i am only 50 and was so fit 7yrs ago, please help x
Im having the exact same problems with my toes and my hands... Can u help me? 8506915359
A small sip of apple cider vinegar works for me! These cramps are painful, and the vinegar takes away the issue entirely, almost immediately, for me. Strange, but good! :)
Hi there,I frequently have my large toes spasm straight up with intense spasms in my lower leg area.The pain in the affected areas becomes excruciating and awakens me.
While researching it online,I discovered a very unusual remedy. 1.Get out of bed and rub VICKS all over your affected areas. 2. Using caution get your blow dryer .Turn it to high and blow the heat within 6"-8" away from your toes involved back and forth and up and down the side of the leg that's hurting. It' incredible !! The heat causes the toe to simply drop to normal position and the leg spasm begins to subside as well. After 1-3 min. mins. of using the blow dryer, put on a pair of slip-on shoes and walk around for only 3- 5 mins. or so. Amazingly ,you walk out the spasm and you can return to bed and sleep peacefully. It Really Does Work !!!
I also have severe spine problems, 7 spinal surgeries. I have had spasms so bad they sent me to the E.R. at night.
Please do not laugh, the best solution I have found is to eat a dill pickle or drink approx 1/4 cup of the juice and they are gone in less than a minute. The other is Hyland's leg cramp over the counter that you get at walmart or any place like that. Take one or 2 and they are gone in under a minute.
I hope this helps.
I understand the pain of excruciating feet cramps. I used to get them any time of day and particularly at night. I used to cry in pain and say, Please God make it stop. Doctors don't know and can only suggest drugs for pain. Doctors know very little to nothing about nutrition and help via vitamins and supplements. I suffered for years and all I got was what I call the dumb doctor look. They refuse to say I don't know and they just kind of stupidly look at you with no answer. I finally started reading and going to health food stores and picking peoples brains. Also I went to Starbucks one day and told the barista that since I had been coming there for coffee I had even more excruciating feet cramps. I found out that caffeine depletes your calcium. That's when I started to piece it together that it relates directly to calcium deficiency.
I found the best vitamin regimen to alleviate MY feet cramps and subsequent calcium deficiency. I take 1,000 - 1,200 mg of calcium citrate split in 2 doses, morning and night. Some calcium citrate has vitamin D already in it. You need vitamin D to absorb the calcium. I add extra vitamin D, 2,000 mg twice a day taken with the calcium citrate. You also should have magnesium. The standard for correct magnesium supplementation is half as much calcium. So you should take 250 - 300 mg of magnesium twice a day with the calcium citrate and D. Ideally you should also add vitamin K2. It can be a little pricey. I find the best vitamin K2 made by NOW brand at Swanson vitamins. I buy all my vitamins at either Swanson Vitamins online or Costco. Costco has a pretty good calcium citrate complex, Kirkland brand, with some magnesium and vitamin D in it. You can add extra magnesium and vitamin D if you want but at least you're getting a pretty good start. Don't waste you health or money on calcium carbonate, get only calcium citrate. It is much more absorbable. I have read that some of the people here also have other bone and spine problems, that is because your bones might be deteriorating because of calcium deficiency. Daily requirements for calcium for adults are 1,000 mg/day for ages under 50, over 50, recommendation is 1,200/day. If I don't take my calcium combo for even one day, by night I am getting twitchy legs. I will go and take them and it stops immediately. For all you people who are suffering endlessly, I implore you to try this and it will not only help you with your foot cramps. it may help your bones as well. I wish somebody had given me this advice many years ago and spared my many years of anguish and pain.
Yes I too have severe leg cramps, the pain is unbearable! It's the middle of the night n i want to start screaming out loud in pain! I stay with the family I work for a few days during the week and they have a infant child so I have to keep the screaming on the inside! I pray non stop till the pain stops I have to keep my feet flat on the bed n get up immediately n put pressure on my leg but the pain doesn't stop! I try to walk it out and no relief what so ever! I am a Retired Nurse and was on my feet 12-14 hours a day, not sure if it's irrelevant or not! My Dr. ran tests to check for blood clots and their were none! God pls help us get answers n relief! Praise God! Amen! God bless you, I am praying for you! Pls have Dr. check you for blood clots they could be life threatening!
I have suffered with the same type of foot musle spasms for years and ended up with 3 fusions. The foot spasms started a few months after I began running daily. After spinal fusions I could no longer run but walked daily instead. Over the years the spasms got worse especially at night and I would have to get out of bed and stand on it to get it to calm down. No amount of water, minerals, vitamins or diet changed helped. The only thing that did bring relief was to use Yoga Toes daily before going to bed and sometimes sleeping with them on. Later on I had a cyst form on top of my foot and had to see a podiatrist to have removed. He did an x-ray and I discovered I had bunions which was also a cause of an ingrown toenail. I have just recently had my right bunion corrected surgically and the doc also tightening and adjusted the tendons that stretches across each metatarsal. I have not had spasm in that foot since.
I am convinced the bunion which got worse over the years was the culprit and what did my back in also as I was not planting my feet right on the ground. It would do everyone good to see a podiatrist yearly for an evaluation as your feet are the foundation to the tower of your body. Im not saying that's the problem with everyone however, I believe anytime anyone has back pain we must first look to see if the foundation is sturdy and balanced. Hope this helps.
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