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California Foot & Ankle Institute

Why do I get foot cramps when I exercise?

Foot cramps during exercise can often be a sign of poor circulation, especially if a bit of rest tends to relieve the discomfort. This condition is known as “intermittent claudication” and can also be felt as a tightness or ache in the calf, thigh, or buttock. Other factors that can affect the severity of the pain include the speed of the exercise and whether it involves moving uphill or downhill.

Different diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or a high level of cholesterol can narrow or block arteries, contributing to poor circulation. Certain conditions such as compartment syndrome or a blood clot in the leg can also cause similar pain, and discomfort even when the foot is at rest can signify more advanced blockage.

If cramps or pain are causing you trouble, don’t let it sit. Schedule an appointment with us at California Foot and Ankle Institute to find the underlying cause as soon as possible. Changes to your exercise plan, lifestyle, or medications might be able to help you find relief and keep you moving. Call us toll-free at (888) 796-6631, or dial our offices directly at (949) 833-3406 for Irvine or (760) 951-2000 for Victorville.