I get cramps in my right foot,, sometimes one toe will pull over the top of the one next to it; can't pull it back, or massage it out; hurts so bad! That happened in my water exercise class yesterday. My toe cramps seem to happen more often when my feet are cold.
I get those kind of toe cramps, and I also get ones that cause my big toe to spread away from the second toe. It looks like it's making a "V". Sometimes they're painful, other times it's not. When it's not painful, I get a pulling sensation on the top of my foot. But I can't feel my feet half the time anyways, so they're probably all painful. I just feel some, and don't feel others.
We've had lots of 'weird toe' issues here. Just yesterday the toes on my right foot fanned out one after the other as if I was trying some dance choreography. Fortunately it didn't hurt.
This sort of thing is due to muscle spasms. I think they generally have a lot of effect on toes because toes are small and it doesn't take much to move them. I get jerks, mostly in my legs, and they cause the affected leg to feel as if it's flicking to one side very quickly. Probably the leg muscles that do this are much more powerful but the leg effect is smaller due to the size and weight of the legs. (Except sometimes this is powerful enough to make my whole body
My point, which is only my theory, is that the whole thing is proportional. I don't have anywhere near enough trouble with spasms to justify taking a med for this, though many here do.
Yeah, I think that's true. I have issues with places with more, smaller muscles, like the face, the hands, and the feet. Feet cramp up, face twitches, hands are spastic, but I think that's just the luck of the draw.
I've noticed that the feet cramp more when I'm trying to do something like moving furniture - I guess because I'm putting sideways pressure on the feet.
To everyone that commented...thanks...not that I wish misery on anyone..it is just sometimes comforting to know that others have the same issues...Otherwise..you kind of say..:WHAT NOW"!!
Essidipty, I love the way you describe it...Yes..they fan out Cramp upwards and do weird things. No since in trying to rub it out as it does not help. I still try as I am making weird moaning noises. My husband always says....whats going on and all I can do is massage my toes and foot and say oohh..
I have had this problem for years and years, mostly at night when I'm sleeping. I usually wear socks to bed (don't know why this helps, but it does) and keep a bottle of Hyland's Leg Cramp dissolvable pills by my bedside. They have quinine in them, which is a known cure for cramping. They have been a LIFESAVER. Highly recommended.
you go girl! i was getting the worst cramps ever...bawling my eyes out, rubbing my feet, putting them in hot baths at 2 a.m., and someone turned me onto Hylands. This is MIRACLE drug. l will never, ever run out of them. l also have parathesia from damage done to the nerve roots during back surgery and Hylands works for that also.
I too get cramps in both my feet and my calves/shins. As Ess posted, they are due to muscle spasms.
Some of you who posted are able to relate this to activity. For me, the cramps are mostly spontaneous and wake me up at night. No stretching/flexing exercises break the spasms, which can sometimes last for 30 to 45 minutes.
I have the same problem, but please be careful with what you take for the cramps: (this is from the FDA website)
Audience: Pharmacists, other healthcare professionals and consumers
[Posted 12/12/2006] FDA informed healthcare professionals and consumers that the Agency ordered firms to stop marketing unapproved drug products containing quinine, citing serious safety concerns, including deaths associated with quinine products. There are multiple unapproved products containing quinine currently on the market, used off-label to treat leg cramps and similar conditions. Since 1969, FDA received 665 reports of adverse events with serious outcomes associated with quinine use, including 93 deaths. Quinine drugs are associated with serious side effects, such as cardiac arrhythmias, thrombocytopenia, and severe hypersensitivity reactions. Qualaquin, manufactured by Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, is the only quinine product approved by the FDA.
[December 12, 2006 - Press Release - FDA]
Not diagnosed with MS at this time,but I sure do know about cramps in the toes...specifically the big toe of the left foot! I keep my socks on most of the tome so I haven't noticed if my toe curls up,but yeow!It's painful!
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