Sudden foot cramps during the night are a common—and extremely painful—problem, particularly for older people. In this video, Dr. Johanna Youner, board-certified podiatric surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, shows viewers what do when cramps interrupt your sleep and how to prevent them. Foot cramps at night usually are caused by things we did during the day such as wearing uncomfortable shoes, taking certain medications or getting dehydrated. A natural way to address the pain of a cramp is to massage gently into the center of the pain until the cramp releases. In addition, staying hydrated throughout the day can make a big difference. Finally, quinine, pickle juice, mustard seeds and apple cider vinegar all can prevent foot cramps from occurring in the first place.

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