Apr 11, 2016
Popular belief has it that exercise is usually the most common reason for food cramp. Excessive exercise or running, undoubtedly leads to food cramp, but you are more likely to get foot cramps due to nutritional deficiencies, particularly an imbalance of water and electrolytes in your body. Foot cramps occur when your muscles of the foot contract on their own.
Stretching or massaging the foot muscles that are cramping will provide you relief from the pain. All you have to do is pull your toes toward you either using foot and leg muscles or your hands. If the aforementioned methods don’t help you much, place a warm compress on your foot to boost circulation in the affected area. This will in return help restore the nutritional balance thereby relaxing the cramped muscles.
According to experts, drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep foot cramps at bay. Staying hydrated is essential for your muscles to keep working properly.
Include foods in your diet that are rich in magnesium such as bananas, dark leafy green veggies, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, and dark chocolate.
Following a self-care ritual of giving yourself a foot massage every morning and at night will make a lot of difference. Besides, it is vital that your stretch your feet and legs on regular basis to keep the muscles strong and flexible.
The easiest way to keep prevent foot cramps is to say no to tight shoes or too-high heels. That’s because ill-fitting shoes cause muscle stiffness leading to cramping. Image Source: Getty