For some of us, foot cramps may be a reality when we go out for a run. Bad cramps may stop you in your tracks and force you to stretch and try to release the foot and calf.
What causes the cramp?
Depending on who you speak with or what article you read, different people have different explanations however, your foot cramp may not be a cramp at all and can be caused by foot posture, poor running technique, tight legs, and a bunch of other possible reasons.
Runners World recently published an article with some information that may help. Check it out below
Why you get foot cramps when running – and what to do about them
Mid-run foot cramps can derail any run – and they’re painful, too. Here’s what causes them and, importantly, how to stop them from happening
BY ALICE BARRACLOUGH 5 DEC 2022
If you’ve ever had to stop mid-run due to a foot cramp, you’ll know it’s a horrible, painful experience. These spasms usually happen in the arches of your feet – and can, quite literally, stop you in your tracks.
There are various reasons why muscle cramps might occur (it’s often claimed that it’s because you are dehydrated or haven’t consumed enough salt in your diet), but why do you really get foot cramp when running? And, more importantly, what can you do to prevent it in the first place?
One other series of exercises they did not mention is foot drills which are part of our regular rehab regimens for our patients. You can look them up here.
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