I occasionally have twitching in my lower right leg, angle and foot. When it is active, I might also get a cramp in my calf that creates my big toe to painfully curl until everything calms down. What can I do to prevent this situation? Different exercises or diet?
Assuming you are normally healthy and are not on medication, the symptoms you describe can possibly be attributed to a potassium deficiency and/or dehydration, sometimes intensified by hot weather, muscle strain from overexercising, or exposure to cold temperatures (like cold water).
Good natural food sources of potassium include:
Nuts, like almonds and peanuts
Leafy, green vegetables
If you do notice the cramping during exercise, just be sure to drink plenty of water/liquids as there is some potassium loss from sweating. It also helps to stretch your legs after a few minutes of warming up the muscles and before strenuous exercise.
Be sure to immediately report any chest pain or shortness of breath that accompanies muscle cramping.
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