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RE: Morning Calf Cramps in Bed
I'm bumping a thread that's been buried for a while, but I think it's a common problem. All of the ideas above are great, but I just learned a new one from a massage therapist and it makes a lot of sense.
Typically, the calf cramp is a result of constant plantarflexion when running (pointing toes down at push off) and not enough dorsiflexion. The muscles get so over-worked doing that motion and never really stretch the other way. I found I used to get them in the morning and, shockingly, they were most directly related to when I thought I was actually stretching to help it. Stretching by plantarflexing your feet in the morning just constricts your calf muscles. What you actually want to do is dorsiflex at your ankles. Stretches where you raise your toes instead of lowering them will be best for avoiding calf cramps.
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