How to Stop Leg Cramps(Lighter Version)

Most leg cramps respond to gentle massaging and stretching. However, since different people may be relieved in different ways, you have to try and find out what works best for your muscle cramps. For calf cramps, you can try as below:

  1. Immediately stand on the legs, lean forward gently to stretch the contracted muscle, hold on until the cramp goes away.
  2. Sit up, straighten the leg and flex the foot. This can be helped by placing a rolled towel under the ball of the foot, hold the towel at both ends, and gently pull the leg cramps 4towel toward the head while keeping the knee straight. Hold in this position until the cramp is gone completely.

 

 

 

3. If you can find someone to help, then sit down and straighten the leg, let the helper hold the foot, raise the leg and flex the foot gently toward you. Remember to keep the knee straight.

4.When leg cramps happen during swimming, try to remain calm, hold the toes and raise them toward the chin. Pinch or bit the upper lip can help calm down if necessary.

5.Walk around or jiggle the legs.

6. Rub around the affected muscles.

Leg Cramps Anyone?

Leg cramps are sudden and painful. They often occur when the body is at rest, typically during sleep. The muscle cramps can last for a few seconds or up to several minutes. Leg cramps, commonly referred to as charley horses, occur when muscles in the legs contract involuntarily. Muscle groups that mostly involved in leg cramps are calf (back of the lower leg), hamstrings (back of the thigh) and quadriceps (front of the thigh). Some people experience cramps even in their feet, sometimes on their toes.

What Causes Leg Cramps

Leg cramps are common, many people experience it occasionally, elderly people and pregnant women have a higher risk to develop the problem. The cause of leg cramps is not well understood, it may be associated with following factors:

  • Exercising, injury and overuse of muscles
  • Exposure to cold weather, especially to cold water
  • Improper posture of standing or sitting for long periods
  • Dehydration of the body, especially in hot weather
  • Poor blood flow in the legs (blood vessels narrowing in the legs)
  • Electrolyte imbalance or mineral deficiencies, particularly calcium and magnesium
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications such as diuretics, statins, lithium, prednisone and nicotinic acid
  • Health conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disorder, liver cirrhosis, alcoholism, and/or hypothyroidism.

Personally, I experience leg cramps after I dance in 3-inch spikes for many hours. Obviously, I should refrain from wearing those highheels or dancing too much. At this point, I can’t give up either. Here are a few things I do to prevent and/or deal with leg cramps.