Controlling painful leg cramps

Controlling painful leg cramps Several factors, including dehydration, use of diuretics or overuse of your muscles, can trigger leg cramps.


They usually occur during rest or sleep. Your doctor may prescribe quinine
or a muscle relaxant if you have frequent leg cramps.

To prevent leg cramps:

Stretch dailyAt least three times a day, including before bedtime, stretch your calves and feet. Stand two to three feet from a wall,placing your hands on the wall. Keep your heels on the floor.Lean toward the wall and bend one knee. Hold for 15 to 30seconds. Straighten your leg. Repeat with the other knee.
Stretch each leg at least three times.

DrinkDrink plenty of liquids daily Fluids help your muscles contract and relax.

To relieve leg crampsStretch and massage Straighten your leg and point your toes upward while you gently rub the cramp to help the muscle relax.

Stand upFor a calf cramp, put your weight on the cramped leg and slightly bend your knee. For a thigh cramp, keep both legs straight and lean forward at the waist. Use a chair to steady yourself.

Apply cold or heat: Use a cold pack to relax tense muscles. Use a warm towel or heating pad later if you have pain and tenderness.

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