In my February post, How to Fix Foot Cramps, I talked about how eating potassium and standing on cold surfaces were suggested cures for foot cramps. I found that they worked temporarily, but not as a lasting solution.
After visiting my doctor and giving them even more of my blood (sadistic vampires), I learned of a more permanent solution, at least for the kind of foot cramps I was having.
The magical cure is iron pills.
Don’t take them unless directed, because apparently an excess of iron does bad things to your insides. Actually, my anatomy & physiology teacher once told me that an excess of any mineral does bad things to your insides. But if you go to the doctor and they discover that you’re anemic, iron pills are your new best friend. (Sorry, old best friend.)
Anyway, an iron pill a day gets you to the point where you still sometimes feel cramps lurking in your muscles, but instead of seizing up in excruciating pain, you just stretch a little and you’re fine.
As an added bonus, iron pills are small (unlike prenatal vitamins) and don’t taste horrible (unlike Senna). Last bit of medical advice? If you have never eaten these pills, don’t.