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Leg and foot cramps..not fun

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1 Leg and foot cramps..not fun on Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:46 pm

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I don't know why this happens, and It probably happens to other 'tubers, but every once in a while as I'm kicking along in my FishCat I'll get a bad cramp in the back of one of my thighs between my butt and my knee. These are also known as a "Charlie Horse".  (In Finland it's called "a woody".. Ha ha!)  I've also got cramps in the arch or bottom of my feet that really hurt and makes my toes curl, but I think this is when I have not used my fins for a while and my foot muscles are not used to the flexing needed to power the long pull-on Proflex fins that I use.  As far as I know there's not much you can do for the pain in your legs when you are out on a float tube except to just wait it out.  I had it so bad one time that all I could do was to kick with my other leg and try not to go in circles!
Does anyone else get these terrible cramps and if so what do YOU do about them?  Is there something I should take, drink or eat before I go out?  I do drink lots of water, so thats not the problem.  I also eat a banana before I go out for the potassium.  Someone said to drink quinine water, and another guy said to take a teaspoonful of yellow mustard to stop the cramps immediately!  Huh?..

2 Re: Leg and foot cramps..not fun on Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:28 pm

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I have not had leg cramps, but certainly the foot fatigue and cramps. This often happens after I change from my Force Fins to the lager Omega fins. I need to limit my trips in the Omega fins till I build up the muscles in the calf/foot area once the water cools and I put back on my waders. (My force fins do not fit over my waders)
You are right about plenty of water and the banana, I eat a banana the night before sometimes as well as the morning of a trip.

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3 Re: Leg and foot cramps..not fun on Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:40 pm

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I have had my fair share of cramps over the years. I drink water and eat bananas as well. I would sta eat the bananas the night before to allow for the potassium to get in your body. Also maybe try stretching a little before you get in the water. Just be sure to lightly warm up before you stretch.


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4 Re: Leg and foot cramps..not fun on Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:41 pm

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Muscle fatigue is no doubt the ultimate source of the problem, and there are a lot of minerals used by the body to regulate muscle function. I would try adding a few almonds to that banana snack as they are high in magnesium, another mineral used in muscle regulation that is often poorly represented in people's diets.

The only instant remedy I can think of that might help recovery is electrolytes - a good old sports drink.

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5 Re: Leg and foot cramps..not fun on Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:56 pm

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Hello everyone! New to the forum and new to float tubing (2 sessions already, LAB & HBH). I've gotten those cramps also behind the thighs and thought it was because my shorts where riding up and cutting off my circulation. The info here helps a bunch! Gonna eat more bananas, almonds, and stretch!

6 Re: Leg and foot cramps..not fun on Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:09 pm

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Welcome SiRRoM glad we can help.


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