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Prairie Path Foot & Ankle Clinic

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Why do I get foot or leg cramps?

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Whether you are a runner training for a race, or just someone on your feet all day for 8 hours straight, you may have experienced foot or leg cramps.  One cause may be dehydration.  If you don't have enough fluid intake in any given day, your body may have an imbalance of fluid and essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and salt.  This imbalance may affect muscle activity, which in turn causes the muscles to cramp up.  Or alternatively, the cause could be due to a certain medication, or due to a blood problem either in your arteries due to poor circulation, or in your veins due to varicose veins or venous insufficiency.  To learn more about cramps, read our article about foot and leg cramps in our patient education section.  For treatment options, make an appointment with one of our doctors at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle to come up with a treatment plan.