As I said in another foot-related article, the toes and feet bear the whole body weight, daily. So, it’s no use and not very helpful to squeeze your feet in a tight-fitting pair of shoes, because you will create the nastiest discomfort ever!
Experiencing a toe cramp it will be felt as a mild-annoying or intense pain creating an unimaginable discomfort while walking.
Toe cramps have many causes, but the most common is wearing the improper shoes. Although the pain is temporary and it will pass by itself, the discomfort it creates it unbearable most of the times, and there some several remedies to get rid of it quickly.
Often, regular stretching and strengthening exercises will help you avoid cramps.
- Toe raise: Raise your heel off the ground so that only your toes and the ball of your foot are touching the floor. Hold for 5 seconds, lower, and repeat 10 times.
- Toe flex or point: Flex your foot so your big toe looks like it’s pointing in one direction. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
- Toe and towel curl: Bend all of your toes as if you’re trying to tuck them under your foot. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times. You can also put a towel on the ground and use only your toes to grab it.
- Marble pickup: Place 20 marbles on the floor. One at a time, pick them up and place them in a bowl using only your toes.
- Sand walking: If you’re lucky enough to get to the beach, walking barefoot in the sand can help massage and strengthen the muscles in your feet and toes.
Heat and ice compresses
Heat can help tight muscles to relax. Apply a warm towel or heating pad to the cramped toe. You can also soak your foot in warm water.
Ice can help with pain relief. Gently massage your toe using a cold pack or ice wrapped in a towel. Never put ice directly on your skin.
Change your footwear
The type of shoe you wear can also cause toe cramps. For example, spending the whole day in high heels can increase your risk of toe cramps. High-heeled shoes can squish toes and put pressure on the ball of your foot.
Light exercise, such as walking, can help strengthen the muscles of the legs, feet, and toes. Exercises that target the feet and toes may also help. Try placing objects on the floor, then picking them up with the toes.
Massaging the feet, legs, and the ankles may help muscle spasms. Start with gentle massage then gradually increase the pressure.