Lower limb cramping is painful and unpleasant, but you can do a few things to help prevent foot cramps when you’re active. Warm up before you run or play sports, but don’t stretch out your feet until you’re done. Make sure you drink plenty of water both before and during your activities. Run or move around at a decreased pace for the first few minutes of your sport so that your muscles have a chance to get moving properly. When you’re finished, do a five minute cool down and drink electrolyte-filled fluids. Make sure you’re wearing properly supportive footwear, too—bad shoes stress your muscles and can contribute to cramping. Also, eat foods that have plenty of potassium and calcium, like bananas, yogurt, cheese, and fresh veggies. If you struggle with frequent or persistent cramping, you might have an underlying issue that’s affecting your muscles. Seek help from the experts at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. in Medford to relieve your discomfort. Call (541) 776-3338 or visit our website contact page to reach us.