Ouch! My leg hurts!
Suffer from nighttime foot
or leg cramps?
by Mick Winter
Scientists don't agree on what causes leg or foot cramps but they have several theories
1. Dehydration - you need to drink more water and other liquids (no, not alcohol)
2. Lack (or imbalance) of magnesium/potassium/calcium/sodium - you need to eat more of that stuff
Occurrence of muscle cramps also increases if you're pregnant or getting older. Cramps can also
be caused by commonly-prescribed medications, including statins, diuretics, steroids, and birth control pills.
This website offers some suggestions that people like you have found useful in dealing
with leg/foot cramps.
Note: In order to legally cover ourselves, we wish to inform you that we have no medical qualifications, do not diagnose or prescribe, and are merely passing along some suggestions that others have found successful for prevention, or at least dealing with, leg or foot cramps. Most muscle cramps, although painful, are harmless. See your health practitioner if the cramps become more frequent or severe or if you have any other concerns. Cramps can be a symptom of a number of serious health problems, varying from kidney or thyroid disease to diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Also see a qualified medical practitioner before undertaking any change in diet, activity or just about anything else.
This website is divided into three sections.
Fast Relief What do I do the moment I get a cramp? Short Term Prevention What can I do that might prevent muscle cramping tonight? Long Term Prevention What can I do over the long term that might eliminate, or at least lessen, the leg and foot cramping I have experienced?
All of these suggestions have been recommended by people who said they found very fast--even immediate--relief using them. Consider giving them a try.