💡Muscle cramps are usually harmless, but they can also feel painful. A cramp occurs when your muscle suddenly contracts but does not relax, thus causing an unpleasant sharp, tightening pain.
Although our toes get a workout everyday from all our walking, we experience toe cramps most often. Regular stretching and strengthening exercises will help you avoid cramps. Below are some exercises for you to keep your feet flexible:
1. Toe Raise
Raise your heel off the ground so that only your toes are touching the floor. Hold this position for 10 seconds and relax. Repeat this for 10-15 times.
2. Toe Flex or Point
Flex your foot by pointing your toes forward. Hold this for 10 seconds and relax. Repeat for 10-15 times.
3. Toe Curls
Bend your toes as if tucking them under your foot. Hold for 10-15 seconds and relax. Again, repeat for 10-15 times.
4. Marble Pickup
If you have marbles at home, place about 10 marbles on the floor. Try to pick them up one at a time, using your toes. If you do not have any marbles, a towel can be used as well.
5. Sand Walking
If you are lucky to be in an area near the beach, walking barefoot in the sand can help massage and strengthen the muscles in your feet and toes.
When your toes are cramping, a warm towel or heating pad can help your muscles relax and alleviate the pain. You can also soak your feet in warm water while gently massaging your toes.
Muscle cramps can also result from underlying medical conditions. If your cramps are too painful or are swollen and makes it difficult for you to walk or function, or the cramps do not get better without treatment within a week, you should see a doctor.
The post is not supposed to replace any medical advice. If you are experiencing any pain, please consult a therapist as soon as possible. You may contact us or make an appointment at 905-771-8882 or email@example.com, we are more than happy to help!