Foot Spasms

As a Podiatrist in Anchorage, I am asked often about spasms or cramps in the legs and feet. Spasms are contractions of the hands, thumbs, feet, or toes and are sometimes seen with muscle cramps, twitching, and convulsions. Carpopedal spasms, or spasms in the feet or toes, are usually accompanied by numbness, tingling, or a “pins-and-needles” feeling; muscle weakness; fatigue; cramping; twitching; and uncontrolled, purposeless, rapid motions.

Common causes of spasms include: Vitamin D deficiency, Hyperventilation, Hypocalcemia, Muscle cramps, usually caused by sports or occupational muscle injury, Parkinson’s disease and other neuromuscular conditions, Dehydration, just to name a few examples.

Spasms of the hands or feet can be an important early warning sign of other serious health problems, so it is important to seek medical attention. Treatments may include calcium and Vitamin D supplements (if you have a deficiency).