We have all suffered from those sudden and strange muscle spasms in the foot, which just appears out of nowhere and leave your foot stiff. These cramps can be very uncomfortable, although they are hardly ever harmful.Usually these cramps aka “Charley Horses” increase in frequency as we get old but some other factors can also bring them on. Let’s see what causes them and how can they be prevented.
Keeping yourself hydrated is probably the first step you want to take when suffering from any kind of muscle cramps. Along with water, your body also loses electrolytes, which play an important role in many bodily functions including muscle movements. Make sure you drink enough water to keep these cramps at bay.
If you have been overexerting your muscles by exercising more than usual, or just walking around a lot, it can lead to muscle cramps at night. It’s always a good idea to pace yourself and increase the intensity of your workouts steadily, this will give your muscles a chance to adapt.
The contraction and relaxation of muscles is what bring about movement of your body parts, and certain electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium and calcium are essential for this process. Deficiency of these minerals can also cause muscle cramps. Include fruits and vegetables in your diet, the more variety the better.
Certain medication can cause muscle spasms and cramps. If you are on any medications right now, you might want to notify your doctor about these side effects. Usually toe cramps induced by medicines go away as soon as you stop taking them.
You spend a considerable part of your day in them, if the shoes aren’t right for you it is definitely going to show up in the form of pain or muscle stiffness. If the cramps are getting bad, then try switching to flat shoes for a few days. The shoe should fit the arch of your foot and should neither be too soft nor too hard.
It is probably the most ignored body part when it comes to exercising or stretching. It is important to move and stretch the feet around, especially as we age. Wiggle your toes, spread them out, point them, flex them, do whatever feels best as long asyou stretch those muscles. It is also important to stretch your muscles before you exercise.
Image source: Shutterstock
Read more articles on Pain.
For more related articles, Download OnlymyHealth App.