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Can diet or specific exercise help calf cramps and toe curling?


Posted by martinepad

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?
 
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Hello martinepad,

 

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:

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Nuts, like almonds and peanuts
  • Citrus fruits
  • Leafy, green vegetables
  • Milk
  • Potatoes

 

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.

 

Take care,

 

Lydia

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