Most of the time foot cramps are very painful when it happens and generally, cramps results from the muscle spasm in the leg. It could strike any moment whether you are relaxing, exercising, walking or even sleeping.
Foot cramps are suddenly uncomfortable contraction of the foot muscle which leads to a sharp pain in the foot. It can be very painful which can occur several times a day without any warning.
There are several reasons which cause foot cramps such as stress, poor circulation of blood, pinched nerves, dehydration, poor nutrition, over-exercising, wearing the wrong shoes and so on.
It can happen with anybody whatever your age is. Most athletes are prone to foot cramps and as you grow older, you can also get more often foot cramps than before. In general, this is not very harmful but very uncomfortable state for every people.
How to Get Rid of a Foot Cramp
There are several methods and techniques you can apply when foot cramps occur. Some of them you can do it instantly and for some techniques requires different tools and appliances.
The most common therapy for relieving foot pain. When you feel the pain in your foot, walk around for sometimes.
It will ease your foot muscle and prevent the foot from cramping again. If you think your pain is coming back, try to walk a little bit more to ease it off. This method is probably the most common, easiest and very popular one among all other techniques.
You should apply the RICE treatment and method which could be better for your healing.
Foot Roller Massager
This is one of the very older methods of treating foot cramps and pains. You should choose a good quality foot roller and use it for 15-20 minutes a day which will give you relief from foot cramps and pains within a short period of time.
Applying heat to the affected area
Apply a warm moist towel or heating pad to the cramping foot area. The heat will consistently alleviate the cramping muscles and it requires several times a day.
In the case of using a heating pad, make sure that it is not very hot and don’t fall asleep while putting it on, otherwise you end up using it burn yourself.
Another thing you should not apply the heat for more than 15 minutes at a time and gets rest the foot for about 20-25 minutes. If you feel the pain again, continue the process again.
You can also take some hot shower or warm bath instead of a heating pad if you don’t have any at your home. This method is for short period of time.
Take a plastic pack or bag and fill it with ice and apply it on the area where cramps are taking place. Do not apply ice directly which might damage your skin and could reduce your blood circulation instantly.
Always use towel or bag to wrap it up and rub it on the affected area for about 15 minutes. Do not repeat this process more than 5-6 times a day. You can also alternate leaving heat and cold process on and off for fifteen minutes each.
You could also use the best ice pack if you would like to apply it for a long period of time.
Maintain a Well-Balanced Nutrition
It is very hard to maintain a balanced nutrition all the time especially in this junk food era. Though seems funny, but that could be one of the reasons you are suffering that constant foot cramps most of the time.
Your body lacks proper vitamins and minerals so it happens actually.
You must consume enough electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, chloride, calcium) in your daily diet.
You should avoid any supplements as well as energy drinks at that time for better treatment which can make a negative effect and may harm your body a lot. You should consume a lot of vegetable and fresh fruits instead.
You Should Wear the Correct Footwear
This is one of the simplest methods for getting rid of foot cramps. You must wear the right and proper footwear at that time.
A woman must avoid high heels at that time. You should not wear the shoes which are too tight or too loose as well.
Some people suggest wearing shoes before going to bed which may keep your toes from curling. You can use this method for yourself if you want.
If the foot cramps are caused by anxiety and stress, a cup of tea could be better for making it heal. Chamomile tea works better in this case.
Actually, it has muscle relaxant elements which are called valeric acid and it will get your relief from the pain up to a certain level within a couple of minutes.
Another good way of relieving the foot cramps. Its mineral magnesium helps you to get rid of your foot pain shortly.
Just fill your bathtub with water and mix 2 cups of Epsom salt and lie in it about some 20 minutes, that’s it. You can repeat this process 2-3 times in a day and do not overdo it at all.
How to Prevent the Foot Cramps from Happening Again
- You must drink lots of water in a single day. Consuming minimum 8 glasses of water will hydrate your body and provide you extra fresh and chilling mode as well.
- Eating a couple of good size of banana every day is a good way of taking a proper nutrition of your body.
- You should exercise daily for keeping your body fit and for getting rid of any cramps. It will help you to get rid of the foot cramps happening again.
I hope, almost all the upper mentioned methods you would apply for the better treatment of your foot cramps and I think you will get relief from that kind of pain within a very short period of time.
After all of that, if you think your pain is not decreasing or improving at all within 3 to 4 days, then you should consult with a doctor as soon as possible.