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Carpopedal Spasm

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

Carpopedal spasms are severely painful cramps of the muscles in your hands and feet. Carpopedal spasms may be caused by low blood calcium levels or by an infection called tetanus. Tetanus develops when a cut or deep puncture wound gets infected by bacteria. It is important to follow prevention instructions, because conditions causing carpopedal spasms can become life-threatening. You may have seizures, your heart can stop beating, or you may stop breathing.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Prevent carpopedal spasms:

The following are ways to keep your calcium level from dropping too low and to protect yourself from tetanus:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

Return to the emergency department if:

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