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Michael Drew 03-10-2009 06:28 AM

Arch Cramps in triple extenson
I have had arch cramps quite a bit over the past couple years mostly when running, lots of jumping jacks, but when I am doing double snatches today I was cramping up pretty bad in the triple extension. Any reasons for this or possible solutions?

Garrett Smith 03-10-2009 07:18 AM

Magnesium. Try Natural Vitality Kid's Calm--Mg citrate plus a little zinc and vitamin C.

Michael Drew 03-10-2009 07:23 AM

You think its just vitamin deficencies? I was leaning towards my foot getting weaker for some reason. For some reason I left this part out but a few years ago I got orthodics for fallen arches/flat feet and ever since then I have just gotten more and more pain, almost as if my feet are getting weaker.

Steven Low 03-10-2009 08:13 AM

Get rid of the orthotics and start walking around barefoot as much as you can... single leg balancing will help as well as picking up things with your toes.

Need to stimulate the muscles to reform the arch.


Michael Drew 03-10-2009 10:08 AM

Thank you Steven!

Garrett Smith 03-10-2009 12:05 PM

If I see cramping, particularly in athletes, I tend to look towards magnesium deficiencies. An issue like a fallen arch will tend to focus the cramping in that weak area.

From the Canadian Family Physician journal:

Magnesium deficiency is more common than is believed. This article discusses florid magnesium deficiency in two patients and the results of treatment. While neither case was difficult to diagnose, the severity of symptoms was unusual. Magnesium deficiency should always be included in the differential diagnosis of patients who present with persistent or severe muscle pain.
Also, while you may not be pregnant, these two studies might be of interest:
Clinical aspects and treatment of calf muscle cramps during pregnancy

In an uncontrolled therapeutic trial 21 women with muscle cramps received 1,8 g monomagnesium-aspartate twice daily per mouth for 4 weeks. 21 women with muscle cramps had no therapy. 4 weeks after the initiation of magnesium therapy 19/21 women were free of symptoms, compared to only 7/21 patients in the control group. Muscle cramps during pregnancy do not have to be considered a risk factor; they can be significantly improved by the administration of oral magnesium.
The effect of oral magnesium substitution on pregnancy-induced leg cramps.

CONCLUSION: Oral magnesium supplementation seems to be a valuable therapeutic tool in the treatment of pregnancy-related leg cramps.
General article on magnesium deficiency here.

The first symptoms of magnesium deficiency can be subtle. Most magnesium is stored in the tissues, so leg cramps, foot pain or muscle ‘twitches’ are usually the first signs.

Michael Drew 03-10-2009 12:51 PM

Thank you Garrett, I am going to look into what I am taking for Mg. tonight.

Thats interesting about twitches, I seem to always get muscle twitches.

Brian Stone 03-10-2009 02:53 PM

Michael, if you do end up taking the Mg, could you report back and let us know how it worked out? Interesting info for me as well on the Mg.

Garrett Smith 03-10-2009 03:24 PM

I forgot to add, doing all the things that Steven talked about are important to help fix/repair flat feet. Your feet are getting weaker with the orthotics, hard orthotics are the worst, think of them as like a "cast" for your foot bones.

Jumping rope in bare feet (or just lots of bouncing or short jumps on the balls of the feet) and/or learning POSE running would be very helpful.

Michael Drew 03-10-2009 04:24 PM


Originally Posted by Brian Stone (Post 52732)
Michael, if you do end up taking the Mg, could you report back and let us know how it worked out? Interesting info for me as well on the Mg.

I certainly will. I have also been having a bit of trouble sleeping, I think this might help as well. The last link of Garrett's posting had a bunch of symptoms, almost all of which I had.

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