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Ljm2014
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   Posted 9/26/2017 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
So last night i woke with ankle and foot in spasm, many times through the night.

I have had this happen at times..but this time it was off and on all night..

I thought in the past i could relate it to missing certain supplements, but now even being careful with that..

Anyone else? Any ideas?

Lj

Sherrine
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   Posted 9/26/2017 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I have this occasionally. I have to get up and walk around. It used to be worse until I started taking calcium and magnesium and I even take a prescription strength potassium my doctor ordered but still have this happen once in a while. It really hurts but walking around will help stretch the muscles and relax them...at least it does for me.

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Ljm2014
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   Posted 9/26/2017 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I had just had my bloodwork, and potassium level was great..

I take a cal/mag and also the mag/malate..

I checked cleveland clinic website..they said mostly stretching..

It was so much worse than past and that was strange.

I rolled my foot on an acupressure ball, which helped some..

It was intense!

Luvzminis
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   Posted 9/26/2017 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I get something similar, and it seems to come and go. Wearing light socks or soft bootie-type slippers and not having any heavy blankets on my feet seems to help. I also upped my magnesium, and drink chamomile tea before bedtime for (general) relaxation and it seems to help the muscle spasms, too. Like Sherrine, walking around briefly helps quite often.

Caffeine is now about 95% off my food list---I was blaming that some time ago. I drink much more water during the day now, and have a glass of water before drinking my tea near bedtime.

I have very high arches and have to be diligent about keeping my soft orthotics in any shoe I wear. Also, I have to make sure I replace shoes which might be causing some odd symptoms.

This may be totally unrelated, but my M-I-L gets restless legs at night, so I did a little online reading on it.
It said that it could mean low iron, so some red meats and/or vitamins may help and also a little gentle exercise before bed; I think massaging in lavender oil is also suggested. She uses Hyland's Restful Legs, an OTC product found in Wal-Mart near the vitamins (yep--I tried it too--did seem to help somewhat).

Have you tried any type of magnesium oil? I just mix Epsom salts with warm water and massage my feet and legs. It does seem to help, though it's quite drying, due to the salt.

I've also had to work more on feet flexibility by doing things like "writing" the letters of the alphabet with my foot, walking occasionally on my tip toes, etc..

You may likely already be doing all of these, Lj, but thought I'd put them out for consideration. Hope you get a much better sleep soon---those spasms can be incredibly painful! shocked
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Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 9/26/2017 12:12:02 PM (GMT-6)


Sherrine
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   Posted 9/26/2017 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My Birkenstocks help my feet a lot. I wear them all the time...even as slippers. They are very comfortable for me now. My toes used to curl and I couldn't straighten them and boy that hurt too. I hope the muscles settle down for you soon. It can be quite miserable!

Sherrine

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 9/26/2017 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, I may have asked you this some years back (I don't remember--LOL!), but would you know if Birkenstocks would help stiff feet become more flexible?

I've always had the stiffness in my feet--probably has something to do with my high arches, and also my neuro 'stuff' going on. My dad had the same issues.

You've had some great, positive posts on Birkenstocks, and I've been sooooo tempted to give them a try!

Thanks for any thoughts on this. smile
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St. Padre Pio

Sherrine
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   Posted 9/26/2017 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have high arches but developed plantar fasciitis so bad I hardly could walk. My husband had a speaking engagement in San Francisco and our 25th anniversary fell during that time so he took me to San Francisco with him. He was speaking all day and I wanted to explore the city but couldn't because of my feet. I was sooo upset. I rode the trolley around and then limped back to our hotel and sat in the room. He had to get a wheelchair for me to get through the airports!

When I got home I bought my first pair of Birkenstocks after my mother's suggestion. She said she would go to New York City to Broadway shows and see women dripping in furs and jewelry and they were wearing Birkenstocks! So I decided to give them a try.

I thought they were so ugly and at first they took some getting used to. It took me about a month before I could wear them all day. The footbed is the shape of what it would look like if you stood in sand. The heel cup is lower, there is a high arch support. This stretches the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the feet. They are highly recommended by orthopedic doctors for foot problems.

Within six months I had no pain in my feet and my birks are so comfortable. I wear them all the time...even as slippers. When I lived in the frozen north, I would buy heavy socks, adjust the straps, and wear them outside...but not in snow drifts. 😂

So, to make a long story short, I do think these could help stretch the tight muscles in your feet. We have a store here called Happy Feet. They sell Birkenstocks, Finn Comfort and other really good shoes. Many times they will have Birkenstocks with weird designs on sale for around $25-35 dollars. That would be a good way to try them and get used to the footbed. You could keep these for your around the house shoes and gardening shoes. If you find you like them, then get a nice plain color in a style you like. I wear mostly Arizonas but do have a few other styles. The Arizona style hugs my feet nicely and I have never walked out of them. I can't wear shoes that enclose my feet because they hurt me.

I do hope this helps you.

Sherrine

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Ljm2014
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   Posted 9/26/2017 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh dear, now i am imagining broadway, with the birkenstocks .

I think i may have tried them in the 70's..

At some point i had professional inserts made for my sneakers..

But now i just buy the cheaper spenco brand at amazon.

I go barefoot at home a lot..my heels are like shoe leather..my daughters bday is this weekend and we are all going for spa pedicures.so lots of exfoliation and soaks and massages.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 9/29/2017 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that info, Sherrine (Lj: I was imagining Broadway also). smile. It sure would be great to finally solve the problems with my feet, if I even get a little relief. At least the issues come and go, so I do get some relief. I'm used to "breaking in" shoes, so I think this is do-able.

And thanks for mentioning a place where I could start out at a great price! I'll check into Happy Feet stores and see if they're local.

I think I'll also look at the Birkenstock website just out of curiosity and see the styles. They sound very interesting!

Appreciate your help! I hope everyone here has a great weekend ahead. smile
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 9/29/2017 9:28:21 AM (GMT-6)


Ljm2014
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   Posted 9/30/2017 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok lets us know how the shoes do for you..😉
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