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PRETTYPINK21 Posts: 6
9/12/12 3:48 A

Wow, thank you everyone for the support and help! I wear a low heal during the day and as soon as I get home from work I put my house slippers on. I tried a different pair or shoes last night for kettlebells and my feet didn't cramp as much, so I think it is what everyone has said, I need to reevaluate the shoes I wear. I will also try the foot stretching exercises. Thanks again

TKORTE99 Posts: 143
9/11/12 3:40 P

I had those same cramps. It got bad enough that I went to see a podiatrist. I now have custom fitted orthotics that I wear in my shoes. The first time I wore them there was almost no pain!!

CHERIMOOSE Posts: 391
9/11/12 3:20 P

What kind of shoes do you wear throughout the day? Shoes that are oversupportive or with a stiff sole can weaken the arch and foot muscles, which can cause cramping when exercising. Try going barefoot more or wear shoes with a thin, flexible sole (flats, Keds, etc). Also do this foot stretch a few times daily: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsyIWz0okH0

KRALLEN1 Posts: 257
9/11/12 10:11 A

My left foot has the tendancy of cramping up and I just run through it. It loosens up after about 5 min of my run.

PRETTYPINK21 Posts: 6
9/11/12 9:05 A

Hi Jodrox, this has also been suggested to me before and I did try it but it doesn't seem to help them, but perhaps I need to try it just before I exercise...I take a good mv daily too...

JODROX Posts: 1,349
9/11/12 8:58 A

This might sound off the wall, but I remember back when I was pregnant and getting very bad cramps in my feet and calves for no reason (I'd just wake with cramps in the middle of the night!), people said I was low on potassium. Bananas are a good source. Or take a multivitamin.



PRETTYPINK21 Posts: 6
9/11/12 7:01 A

Thanks Coach Jen, it is happening every time I exercise....I live in Ireland and not sure where there would be a specialist shop but I can look it up and see.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,657
9/11/12 6:47 A

If it's happening frequently during walks, I'd recommend visiting a specialty running/walking store where you can be properly fitted for the right shoe for you. It could be that you're not wearing a shoe that works well fory our foot. If the shoe suggestions don't help and the problem continues, you might want to talk to your doctor about it just to see what they suggest.

Coach Jen

PRETTYPINK21 Posts: 6
9/11/12 5:34 A

That's possible! I will definitely look into the five fingers shoes. Thanks!

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9/11/12 5:24 A

I'm not sure but I'm wondering if you're scrunching up your foot inside your thick shoe.

PRETTYPINK21 Posts: 6
9/11/12 5:11 A

Thanks Zorbs, I've never heard of five fingers but I can google them! Do you think this might help with the cramps?

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9/11/12 4:49 A

you should do kettlebells barefoot or in a very minimalist shoe such as five fingers. You can't get a good grip on the floor wearing conventional shoes.

PRETTYPINK21 Posts: 6
9/11/12 4:13 A

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can help me. I get cramps in my feet during any work out or brisk walk (after about 1 mile). During kettlebells I get very bad cramping and have to stop and stretch the foot against the wall. We do a warm up and I always do additional stretches before starting but it still happens. I've tried drinking tonic water but it doesn't help and also take a magnesium supplement, but again it doesn't help. I wear Asics Gel Trainers but not sure if these are the best ones for support or if anyone can suggest others that might have more support for the arch of the foot (where I typically get the cramp). Any suggestions or thoughts would be gratefully received! Thanks

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