Have you ever woken up at night with foot cramps? Well, if you woke up that must mean that the feet pain that came with cramps must have been pretty extreme, right? These cramps can also happen during the day, and when they do, it takes a few minutes for them to subside.
Typically, foot cramping is caused by dehydration, a lack of potassium which helps keep our body chemistries regulated, poor circulation and lack of oxygen being carried to the feet, and pinched nerves.
To treat your foot cramp, do just as your mother told you: stretch your foot in the opposite direction of your cramp until the pain subsides. Massaging your foot for five minutes or more also is a good idea. As with daytime foot cramps, those that occur at night could also be caused by a lack of electrolytes or dehydration.
If you work out a lot or in hot humid conditions, you could become dehydrated because of excessive sweating. People who exercise a lot also tend to lose salt as they sweat and excessive loss of salt could bring about foot cramps, as well.
Leg cramps are something we all have suffered from at times, and something we all want to avoid. You are most likely to have muscle spasms in a foot, the side of your lower leg, in your thighs (the back of your thighs is most common), or in your calf muscle. They seem to occur at night, just when you need your rest and sleep. Stretching cramped muscles or stretching for muscle cramp prevention should be done in a systematic way. The following stretching tips and tactics should point you in the right direction.
Even though the exact causes of leg cramps while sleeping are not clear, sometimes they are caused by overexertion of the muscles, structural disorders, sitting for a long time or inappropriate leg positions while resting. Consult a health professional as what should be included in your diet. To help prevent leg cramping, it is important have the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes provided in your diet.
Try to wear shoes that have a good level of breath ability and offer good flexibility by avoiding shoes made of vinyl or plastic. And when it comes to trying on and purchasing shoes keep a couple points in mind. Muscle cramps can also occur among athletes especially when they are dehydrated. You must increase salty foods after exercise as that would help retain fluids and prevent dehydration.
Many women report that massaging or stretching the leg helps when they get a cramp. It is good to consult with your doctor, check your bone density and bring yourself up to date with your daily calcium supplements. You should try to flex your toes to ease a cramp. Breathing deeply and relaxing at the same time also helps to give relief from leg cramps. As oxygen is taken through the muscles the cramp releases and you can slowly massage the leg.
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