Toe cramps

This seems to happen quite frequently and I am concerned since someone told me it is a sign that a serious illness is in the near future. The muscles in my toes, specifically the 4th and 5th of either foot, tense up causing extreme discomfort. When that happens, they “stick” together and it is impossible to do anything. Sometimes when I jump on that foot for several minutes, the muscles relax and go back to their original state. Any idea what this is and why it happens?


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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Do you happen to notice if this cramping happens more frequently at night? We have small muscles in the foot that keep the toes straight – like all muscles in the body – these muscles can cramp up when they are tired, tight, get decreased blood flow or electrolyte imbalances.

    What I recommend to patients with toe cramps is nightly foot recovery including stretching of the calves, rolling the bottom of the foot on a golf ball or a product called Yamuna Foot Wakers ( and stretching the small muscles of the toes with ToeSox ( or Happy Feet ( If the cramping persists, then I recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can better evaluate if there is a digit contracture that requires surgery.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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