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Discussion: Foot cramps

in: AliC; AliC > 2019-04-15

Apr 16, 2019 12:08 PM # 
I thought that was just me, so it's interesting to see tangible evidence that it happens to other people, too.
Apr 16, 2019 3:01 PM # 
Foot cramps are actually quite common during swimming, especially when you don't swim often. There's probably a study on it somewhere, but I suspect it has to do with foot/ankle position and the water resistance being something you're not used to. On the bright side, I usually stop having them within a couple weeks of consistent swimming, and I would think that the kicking motion is actually quite good for building/maintaining ankle strength and flexibility (but that might just be because my parents always made me do more kicking drills to strengthen my ankles for ice skating when I was a kid).
Apr 16, 2019 11:49 PM # 
At least they didn't strike today (might have with a little longer swim, but still, I'll take it!)... and good to hear it helps with ankle strength probably - will want strong ankles for when I can run again, at least!
Apr 17, 2019 12:09 PM # 
I assume it's to do with the angle of the foot, as I sometimes also get them when lying on the bench during massages.

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