How to Treat Foot Cramps in Adults

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Foot cramps indicate stress, fatigue or structural problems with the foot. An occasional cramp is not cause for concern, but chronic pain should be investigated by a doctor.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Pillows
  • Analgesics
  • Ice packs
  • Elasticized Sports Wrap
    • 1

      Take the cramped foot in your hands. Slowly, but firmly, move it in the opposite direction of the cramped position.

    • 2

      Keep the foot in this position until the cramp disappears.

    • 3

      Spread some baby oil generously over the area and gently massage it for 5 to 10 minutes.

    • 4

      Take a pain reliever immediately, and if desired, repeat the dose after 4 hours. Aspirin and ibuprofen are recommended.

    • 5

      Elevate your foot on a pillow to the level of your waist.

    • 6

      Apply an ice pack if the cramp is due to overuse, like from a sports injury. Place the ice pack around the cramp, not directly on it.

    • 7

      Use moist heat on the cramping muscle 3 times a day if cramping is chronic and persists longer than 24 hours. A warm foot soak may be beneficial.

    • 8

      Consider wrapping the foot with an elasticized cloth bandage or sports wrap. Be careful when wrapping under the arch--too much pressure against it can cause pain.

    • 9

      Rest and stay off your foot. Give the muscle, tendon or nerve mass time to heal.

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