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10 Things You Never Realized About Painful, Annoying Toe Cramps

Written BY ILEANA PAULES-BRONET

If you’ve ever had a toe cramp, you know how painful and awkward it can feel.

Often, it’s uncomfortable enough to force you to stop what you’re doing and fall to the floor, grasping at your toes to massage them out of the painful, cramped position.

It happens to a lot to people during or after exercise. But your toes can also cramp for seemingly no reason at all.

Toe cramps are absolutely terrible — they seem so much worse than other cramps because they make it completely impossible for you to walk or do anything at all.

But why do we get these annoying toe cramps in the first place? Are some people more prone to toe cramps than others? And what’s the best way to get rid of them?

If you ever get painful cramps in your feet and toes, read on to find out more about them!

What Does A Toe Cramp Feel Like?

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Toe cramps typically feel like any other muscle cramp — a sharp, tightening pain in one specific area.

Some people describe toe cramps as paralyzing, while others think say it’s a shooting, twisting pain. Although they’re usually harmless, HealthLine explains that they can be very unpleasant.

Sometimes, your toes will involuntarily move to strange positions as your muscles contract, and it often feels impossible to move your toes without manually adjusting them.

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