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Old 03-10-2009, 07:28 AM   #1
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Default 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?
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:18 AM   #2
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Magnesium. Try Natural Vitality Kid's Calm--Mg citrate plus a little zinc and vitamin C.
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:23 AM   #3
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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.
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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.

http://www.biggerfasterstronger.com/...b_FlatFeet.pdf
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Thank you Steven!
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:05 PM   #6
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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:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8...ubmed_RVDocSum
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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