No one likes getting interrupted from a blissful sleep, and it is especially unpleasant if you’re waking up to extreme pain. Muscle cramps are common, notorious sites for cramping being the calves, thighs, and feet. To understand how to stop foot cramps fast, the first step is to find out what causes them.
Foot cramps have a lot to do with what’s going on inside of your body. Foot cramps can be caused by an array of health issues, such as dehydration, not getting enough nutrition in your diet, not stretching enough, overexertion, poor circulation, wearing the wrong shoes, and may even be a side effect of a medication. Medications such as statins and furosemide can easily be the cause of foot cramping, but there are other ways to prevent cramping besides quitting medications that might be the cause of the problem.
When a foot cramp happens, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the pain. If the cramping happens when you’re lying down in bed, some things that can help are putting weight on the affected leg or muscle, using a heating pad to increase circulation, or giving your foot a massage, which can often relieve the tension. Some other immediate things you can try are consuming foods and liquids that contain acetic acid, valerianic acid, or magnesium, found respectively in apple cider vinegar, chamomile tea, and magnesia phosphorica.
To prevent foot cramps in the future, the best things you can do are stay hydrated with normal water, consume tonic water that contains qunine (a muscle relaxant), eat a balanced diet with natural sources of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, and increase your level of activity over a period of time. Foot cramps that were once part of your nightly routine can eventually disappear.