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What can you do about your foot cramps?

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Food cramps happen when a muscle in your foot suddenly squeezes and can’t relax. Try these tips to help it relax:

  • If you’re sitting or lying down, stand up and put weight on your cramping foot.
  • Gently stretch the muscle by flexing your foot. Keep it flexed until the pain goes away. (If you have trouble reaching your feet, wrap a towel or necktie around the bottom of your foot with your toes pointed toward the ceiling, and pull the top of your foot toward you.)
  • Rub your muscle gently as you stretch it. Try putting ice on the area while you massage it.
  • Put heat on the cramped muscle with a warm towel or heating pad. You can also soak it in warm water.

You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

   

SOURCES:

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: “Muscle Cramp.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Don’t Let Foot Cramps and Charley Horses Slow You Down.”

Mayo Clinic: “Muscle Cramp.”

 

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on September 10, 2020

   

SOURCES:

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: “Muscle Cramp.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Don’t Let Foot Cramps and Charley Horses Slow You Down.”

Mayo Clinic: “Muscle Cramp.”

 

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on September 10, 2020

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