Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Does Exercise Cramp My Hands and Feet?

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 09:50 AM

Question: My hands and feet cramp terribly after I exercise. What can be causing this?
 
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Cramps after exercise are often caused by dehydration and electrolyte imbalances and less often by circulatory or other disorders. Hydration is often the key, but persistent cramps should be evaluated by your doctor.
 
Be sure you have your blood chemistry (glucose, sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, magnesium) checked through a simple blood check. A general physical examination is also a good idea.
 
Do not take supplements to deal with your cramps without first identifying what is causing the problem and why your hands and feet are cramping. Our bodies are very finely tuned, and symptoms can sometimes be a sign of a serious internal or hormonal disorder.

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Question: My hands and feet cramp terribly after I exercise. What can be causing this? Dr. Hibberd's answer: Cramps after exercise are often caused by dehydration and electrolyte imbalances and less often by circulatory or other disorders. Hydration is often the key, but...
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