Cramps in your feet are involuntary spasms of your muscles that can happen suddenly. Massage is one way you can help get rid of a foot cramp. Rubbing the area eases tension and brings more blood flow to the tight, stiff, painful muscle.

Next, try straightening out your leg and pointing your toes towards you. You can hold that position until the cramp goes away in a few minutes.

If you’re still dealing with the inflammation and soreness that comes with the aftershock, try taking a warm bath or shower. Ice or heat applied directly to the area can also soothe your aching foot.

To prevent another cramp just as worse as the first, drink plenty of water and eat foods high in vitamins, since dehydration and nutrition deficiency can be a cause. Also, make sure you stretch before your next exercise. Cramps are sometimes a response to a sudden increase in activity without proper preparation.

The only time you need to be seriously worried about muscle cramps is if they’re happening for no reason or if you get them frequently. If that’s the case, call the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.

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