Topic Overview

Tips to prevent foot cramps include the following:

  • Take a warm bath and do some stretching
    exercises before you go to bed if cramps wake you at night. Avoid pointing your
    toes while you stretch. Try not to sleep with your toes pointed. Keep your legs
    warm while sleeping.
  • Warm up well and stretch before any
    activity. Stretch after exercise to keep warmed-up muscles from shortening and
    cramping. Use good posture while exercising.
  • Drink plenty of
    water before, during, and after you are active. This is very important when
    it’s hot out and when you do intense exercise. You can also drink an
    electrolyte replacement drink such as Gatorade after exercise.
  • Eat a diet rich in
    potassium,
    magnesium, and
    calcium.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O’Connor, MD – Emergency Medicine

Current as ofMarch 21, 2017