5 Ways To Release A Foot Cramp
For anyone who has ever experienced a foot cramp before, you know how uncomfortable they may be and how suddenly they can occur. Whether you are working out or just laying in bed, a foot cramp can happen at virtually any time when triggered. So what causes foot cramps? Some of the most common reasons are, due to the overuse of the muscle, dehydration, holding a position for too long, straining your muscle, a magnesium deficiency, and restricted blood flow from tight shoes. When a foot cramp occurs the muscles in a part of your foot tense up and squeeze and do not release right away. The area can also feel firm to touch. Fortunately, there are things you can do to release a foot cramp. The next time your foot starts cramping try one or more of these five remedies.
Massage The Affected Area
One of the first reflexes you may have when you experience a foot cramp is to massage the affected area, and that is often the quickest way to relieve it. Gently or firmly rub the area until it starts to loosen up. The pressure is entirely up to you and what feels comfortable for you. In addition to massaging the area, you can also massage corresponding acupressure points located between your toes and on your calf. Press down on the area between your big toe and second toe, or the area at the base of your calf muscle on the affected foot. Continue to press down on the regions until you experience relief.
Apply Heat To The Area
As soon as the foot cramp happens, warm up a heating pad or pour hot water into a water bottle and wrap it in a paper towel or cloth. Place the heating pad on the area that is cramping and hold it there for up to ten minutes, even if the pain dissipates before then to ensure that the cramp does not return.
Put Weight On Your Foot
While the pain may make you feel like the last thing you want to do is to step on the affected foot it can actually help to release the tension. If you are sitting or laying down stand up and put your weight on the affected foot. You can also try to move the weight from the toe to the heel until the cramp releases.
Relieve the tightening sensation in your foot by stretching it out. Either stand up or sit down and point and flex your toe. You can also stand in front of a wall and rest your foot on it with your toes pointing toward the ceiling and then lean into it to feel a stretch run up the foot and calf muscle and release. Repeat the stretch and flex motion for at least a minute to increase blood flow to the area, which as mentioned above can be the cause of foot cramps.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
You can add another use for apple cider vinegar to your list as it can be an effective remedy for releasing muscle cramps. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water and honey, and drink it. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which helps the muscles in our bodies to work more efficiently and as a result can help to not only prevent foot cramps but to also relieve them.