(Closed) Really painful Charlie Horses in my feet!! What gives?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I always heard that it helps if you introduce more potassium into your diet. 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My mom and I both get these, and they are the one kind of Charlie Horse I haven’t been able to figure out how to make go away! And they last a really long time just like yours do =(  Sometimes holding my toes in their normal position slightly lowers the intensity, other times it makes it a million times worse. So unfortunately no advice here, but if you find anything that works let me know!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My FH gets cramps like these in his feet really badly when he goes free-diving and he finds he is far less likely to get them if he takes magnesium supplements.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Potassium will definitely help! I got those all the time before I ate more potassium. I’m not a huge fan of bananas though, so I eat oranges and drink orange juice to get my potassium! Bananas have more potassium but oranges are still considered a good source of it. 

Just wanted to point that out in case you didn’t like bananas like me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Agree with PPs. More potassium (bananas, raisins, potatoes), more water to make sure it’s nothing with dehydration, and try to be more aware of how you’re moving your feet/toes. Sometimes just pointing my toes down can make the arches cramp like you’re talking about. Flexing them up is supposed to help, but like you said, it needs to physically be done and at that point it’s already super painful. I try to do it more often throughout the day now to stay loose. I hope that the diet changes help, those cramps can be brutal!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve had this a few times, and it is definitely a tear-worthy type of situation. HORRIBLE. I know potassium definitely helps. Another thing is to make sure that your shoes have enough support in them. Several of the times that this has happened to me is either when I’ve been wearing heels or wearing shoes without any arch support. So buy yourself some good inserts for your shoes and some bananas. A banana a day keeps the charlies away? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Calcium should help – its a natural muscle relaxant 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsEdamame:  Oh my goodness! No wonder, you crazy girl! Your poor feet! lol..since it was a work function for your Darling Husband, I think maybe he owes you a foot rub? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsEdamame:  Great!  Go bananas (no pun intended) and let us know how you feel!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This could be plantar fasciitis which is an inflammation of the tissue that creates the arch of the foot. It’s often caused by wearing heels (ladies, heels are SO BAD for our feet). If you pop an unopened can of tomato soup into the freezer for about 10 minutes then take it out and, using the painful foot and wearing a sock, roll it around on the floor, that can help strengthen the foot and also work out the knots or pain. You don’t want to just kick the can— it’s hard to describe the motion but your doctor can show you. A soup can is the right size and shape for exercising the foot, and freezing it first means it’s cold and soothing.

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