It's not about how much water you drink.
You drink more water, you still get toe cramps. You get enough electrolytes. You still get toe cramps. So why do coaches, well-meaning friends, and even some doctors, keep telling you to do those things?
“The majority of people just keep going back to the dehydration and salt answer because it’s easy to understand and easy to explain,” says Nicole Nelson, adjunct instructor in clinical and applied movement sciences at Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida.
But these performance-busting, sleep-wrecking, annoyingly painful episodes are more complicated than that. And while complicated sounds a bit discouraging and muscle cramps can vary from person to person, experts have dedicated research toward better understanding them and finding new ways to put you more at ease.