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August 24, 2010 11:29 AM
The outside edge of my left foot has started cramping up on EVERY walk, whether it's on the treadmill or outside. It happens within the first 5 minutes. It's not (yet) debilitating, and I've been able to walk through it most of the time, but it's getting worse every time.

I was fitted for these shoes at the end of May. They are verrrry good shoes from the local specialty running/shoe (Gribbles) store (not a chain), and until recently they were perfect and felt great. I have no other injuries; in fact, my knees are much better than they were months ago. My right foot has a 'little' of the same pain, but I hardly notice it.

I am still using good socks, and wearing good shoes. These shoes don't have that many miles on them, or wear.

I have tried taking time off from walking....no change. I have tried walking every day....no change.

Is there a fairly inexpensive way to remedy this, if any of you have experience with it?

Thanks in advance!!
  1072571
August 24, 2010 11:36 AM
drink more water before you start?

maybe you need to get new insoles?
  451206
August 24, 2010 11:40 AM
Depending on how much you have been running/walking, maybe you have worn through the shoes?

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-240-319--268-0,00.html

Also, could you be tying them too tight or not tight enough? That is the area of my foot that bothers me, too, and I find sometimes I tie my shoes too tight or not tight enough.
  1166989
August 24, 2010 11:58 AM
I cramp if it is too hot or just because. I go thought spurts about every 6-8 week or so. I have had blood work and everything is fine. I drink tonic water for the quinine. You can mix with juice. Or you can find leg cramp pills with quinine that I keep by the bed for the leg cramps. After a few days it stops until it starts again. I drink loads of water and eat healthy. No reason I can figure.
August 24, 2010 11:59 AM
I'm sure I haven't 'worn' my shoes out. :) I've also tried tying them in different ways, but I hadn't changed the laces when my foot started hurting.

Maybe insoles...but I have no idea what to look for or get. I think if I go back to the shoe store, they will just try to sell me new shoes!

I drink plenty of water, so that isn't it. When I didn't drink enough (and that didn't take long to correct) my cramps came in my calves/legs.

Thanks for the help though!
  1072571
August 24, 2010 12:03 PM
try stretching and adding a few more ounces of water into your day
  136054
August 24, 2010 12:07 PM
sometimes its a matter of bad shoes - support. There are at some stores - I know walmart that has a machine you stand on and based on the results tells you what supports would help you. Water, potassium and Magnesium helped my foot cramps.

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