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cramping and hammer-toe

Posted by Matt P on 8/30/04 at 13:59 (158985)

Hi there. I'll first say how much I appreciate this board and thank those that post so often.

My PF issue has flared up rather severely recently, and a new component to it involving very serious cramping in the feet... like one of the muscles is cinching down really hard with the only relief being pulling my toes back with my hands. I can make this happen 100% of the time by pointing my toes downward. Julie's foot yoga exercises have proven relieving for me in the past, but now they tend to bring about this cramping.

It seems as though this might be related to poor footwear... I basically cannot find shoes to fit me. Any shoe, no matter how wide, causes great pain in my smaller toe. It has been suggested that this might be a hammer toe, but I tend to think of hammer toes as being oddly shaped or out of line with the other feet, and mine has the appearance of a perfectly normal toe.

Any thoughts? THANKS!

Re: cramping and hammer-toe

Mahatmelissama on 8/31/04 at 15:21 (159034)

I do hope you do not have morten's neurmoa (sp?) like I have. Sounds totally like what I go through. I can be standing there, calm as can be and WHAM! Cramp! It comes from the toes on down...or down the leg cramp. :(

Re: cramping and hammer-toe

Julie on 9/05/04 at 09:20 (159359)


I'm sorry, but I missed your post last week. I hope you're still around and see this.

If the exercises are causing cramp, do them more gently and more slowly, and if that doesn't help, stop doing them for now.

There are many causes of cramp. Yours could be your shoes, as you're wondering. Have you investigated shoes with a more generous last? Some manufacturers specialise in shoes for wide feet, and there must somewhere be a shoe that fits you! Perhaps you need a higher, as well as or rather than, a wider toe box. Alternatively, an open-toed sandal, like the Birkenstock Arizona, might be the answer,

Cramp is often related to calcium deficiency, so check that out and take a good supplement if you're not getting enough in your diet. Dairy foods and green vegetables are some of the main sources.

And sometimes pressure on certain nerves can cause cramp. As it happens when your feet are plantar flexed, this is a possibility, so it might be a good idea to have your back checked out by a chiropractor or an osteopath.