1.Take the cramped foot in your hands. Slowly but firmly move it in the opposite direction of the cramped position.
2.Keep 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 three 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 band 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.
Tips: If you're still suffering from cramps after one to two weeks, contact a podiatrist.
If your foot is hot or swollen, or if you have a fever, consult a physician immediately.
If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.