Why am I experiencing muscle spasms in my leg and foot?

As the foundation of our bodies, our feet and legs can experience all sorts of aches and pains from the demands they endure. Spasms can occur when muscles are simply overused and tired. Exercising, pregnancy and dehydration can also cause muscles to cramp or spasm.

In feet and legs, Dr. Danciger often sees spasms as part of a condition called tarsal coalition. It is a genetic foot problem in which some of the tarsal bones that make up your heel and midfoot do not connect properly during fetal development. This small abnormality can lead to bigger problems, as the foot structure requires each part to work together to function properly. When two tarsal bones aren’t formed together correctly, surrounding cartilage, tissue and bone is also affected. Tired legs and muscle spasms are common symptoms of tarsal coalition.

A muscle spasm every once in awhile is usually not something to be concerned about but when they occur regularly in your feet and legs, it could affect your ability to sleep, walk and work. Our office in Palm Desert, CA is ready to help. Contact Dr. Danciger for evaluation and treatment at (760) 568-0108.



Dr. Harvey Danciger
Connect with me
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle