I've had a couple foot cramps (and calf cramps too) while swimming and know how painful that can be. I have a couple ideas that might help. Are you sure you're adequately hydrated? I try to drink 1 litre of water in 30 minutes of swimming. Are you staying warm? I try to take regular breaks and sit in the hot tub for a few minutes to stay warm. You could even try neoprene booties. Finally, has anyone looked at your swimming technique for you? It is very hard to evaluate your efficiency yourself. You don't have to be a kid to take a lesson.
Good luck, hope you find some relief because you wouldn't want to get discouraged from exercise.
I hope you find relief from your cramping issue.
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I don't use any supplements, but I try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and some cold water fish. I still love meat, but I try to stay at around 100 g per day of it. And I swim a lot. Lately I've been doing 'deep water aquafit' because I get bored just swimming back and forth.
Hi, I also have psoriatic arthritis and have had some severe cramping issues with my feet in the past. Psoriatic arthritis is known for causing issues in the feet.
Two things that have helped me greatly with the foot cramps are 1. Stretching the calves deeply....if you're prone to pulling muscles, work in to it slowly. I've found that I get the best results standing up leaning against a counter or chair to get a deep calve stretch. My podietrist showed me...which brings me to #2...see a podietrist. When my feet started giving me debilitating cramps, it turned out my feet had become a mechanical mess from years of compensating for knee and ankle pain. I was given specially made orthodics. I can't live without them now and I don't wear any shoes but New Balance sneakers now. No matter what. Yeah, it looks kinda silly at times, but now I can get through an event without tears.
I know getting enough water in is tough, I struggle with it as well. However, it is SO unbelievably essential - espeically when you take medicine regularly. Without it, your system can fully processes the supplements you are taking either. Try to drink a minimum 64 oz a day if you can...work up to it. I have a 20oz bottle I take to and from work and do my best to drink at least 3 fills a day (though I'm still only averaging about 2). After a while, you'll crave the water and feel it when you don't get enough. Good luck.**
Post Edited (jackcc) : 2/15/2009 10:47:59 AM (GMT-7)
That's too bad about the podietrist. They should have made a mold of your foot and made specially made orthodics for YOUR feet. I don't know if he told you - but you're supposed to work yourself in to them...an hour at first, then gradually wear them a little longer each day.
When I'm really hurting bad, I'm stretching my calves constantly throughout the day. It does seem to help me get my feet through the bad days.
I've had so many bad and unhelpful doctors too, so I completely understand your frustrations!