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anyone else get foot cramps?

Old 04-20-10, 03:05 PM
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anyone else get foot cramps?

Today after a 20 mile ride, I took my shoe off and my left foot just kind of seized up. It's happened before while riding and also while swimming. Its located in the middle of the foot right where the toes meet the foot. Has anyone else experienced this? Usually it goes away after a few seconds but today it was a solid 3 minutes of not being able to move. I had to keep my toes stretched up and back for it to not seize. I know dehydration can cause cramps but I highly doubt that's the case. Maybe I just need to stretch every part of me before doing anything.
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Yeah, this happens to me too. Its a matter of having your foot in the same position for so long. I only get it after about 15 miles or so, not on shorter rides. Just try to remember to wiggle your toes every once in a while while you ride to keep blood flowing. Your muscles cramp because there is not enough oxygen getting to them for prolonged periods of time. The problem gets worse with tight shoes.
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Yeah I get this sometimes, but not immediately after cycling. If I do a hard day and don't drink enough between the ride and going to bed, I might experience it upon waking up. I've always chalked it up to that factor.
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I've experiences pains while riding. Adjusting the cleats helped a little. Better shoes cured it.
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I've had that happen occasionally while riding platform pedals with the pedal more under the arch of my foot, not under the front part of my foot. Usually not that big a deal beause I could shift my foot around and make it go away.
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I have A LOT of trouble with my feet cramping ... both on the bicycle and off. I have discovered one of the main factors in whether my feet will cramp or not is hydration. If I don't drink enough during the day, my feet will likely cramp while walking around the grocery store after work ... I don't have to be on the bicycle. If I don't drink enough while riding my bicycle, my feet will definitely cramp.

My toes will start the cramping process ... I'll feel the twinge in my toes, and if I don't grab my water bottle immediately and take a really good drink, my toes will go into a severe cramp. Still no drinking, and the cramp will move into my foot. It gets so bad, I've been off the bicycle hobbling up and down the road in my sock feet trying to stretch things out.

However, if I stay hydrated during the day, and make sure to drink regularly during my rides, I don't get the cramps.
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I have never had my feet cramp on the bike, but my wife gets no end of joy when, during the middle of night, she hears me draw a sharp breath and shoot out of bed like a cat on a hot burner to work out a foot cramp. Mine typically follow hard days, but it's not due to dehydration (must be an electrolyte thing).
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