Foot Cramps

By Latest Reply 2009-02-14 20:48:23 -0600
Started 2009-02-12 20:37:45 -0600

Does anyone have any ideas how to stop foot cramps in the middle of the night?

11 replies

Karmul 2009-02-14 02:17:34 -0600 Report

It is fine if you need Potassium but since I have kidney failure I have too much Potassium and therefore I cannot eat or drink anything with a lot of Potassium.
Now since I have too much Potassium in the first place but still have foot cramps that would lead me to believe that either there is some other reason for the cramps OR that too much Potassium causes the same thing…
Therefore I would suggest if someone is having the problems AND they have diabetes the safe thing would be to have a blood test to find out if they are low and need to supplement…because if they are too high it can be dangerous. Even deadly.

2009-02-14 20:48:23 -0600 Report

REALLY good idea, Karmul!

Thank you all for your insight, and I agree, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and my toes are pulled straight up by the cramp, and I yell out so loud, I wake my husband up. It hurts sometimes so bad I can't get my breath. I try to rub it out, usually the front of my shin, or I get to the bathtub and use warm water to mellow the cramp.

daetura 2009-02-13 23:39:59 -0600 Report

it happens to me often… I force myself out of bed and stand on the cold floor. works every time

GabbyPA 2009-02-13 10:59:40 -0600 Report

Potassium is a great preventative for cramping and so is drinking a good amount of liquids.
I used to get them in my toes when I would swim. Ghads, my toes pointed in every direction, it looked pretty silly.
Once one starts, pull your toes up toward your shins. It will hurt at first, but the stretchig will help end the cramp.

2009-02-13 11:13:31 -0600 Report

I agree with you Gabby. This is good advice. Sometimes I get foot cramps that hurt so bad that I want to cry.

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-13 11:24:46 -0600 Report

a couple of nights ago , i woke up with foot cramps, i usually have cramps in the calf muscle, these foot camps were so bad, my foot was twisting, i turned the light on to look at it, interesting! i got up and walked around til they went away.

GabbyPA 2009-02-13 12:38:43 -0600 Report

Walking works really well too. The main thing it to stretch it out. Yes, it does contort the old tootsies doen't is. It is like a cartoon foot when I get toe cramps or an arch cramp. LOL

2009-02-13 14:38:17 -0600 Report

If someone were to see me lying in bed, grabing for my foot or calf, wherever the cramping was taking place, me gritting my teeth, moaning and such, I imagine I would look like a cartoon caracter. It isn't funny when it's happening to you, but I'm sure I am a funny looking sight to behold. LOL

roger 2009-02-13 18:21:30 -0600 Report

if you have a foot board push on it with that foot ar stand on it but for me i cant push on th arch just makes worse so i just give in and go to the bathroom and by the time i get back in bed it is gone dr also told me to eat bananas.

GabbyPA 2009-02-13 18:41:44 -0600 Report

Bananas are a natural source of potassium. Unfortunately, most of us have a hard time eating enough bananas to get enough potassium. I take a supplement and it has helped me a lot to avoid the midnight crunch of cramps.

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