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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine