Leg cramps

Generally, Cramps in the night legs are spasms sudden, or tension of the muscles of the calf, but sometimes they can happen in the thigh or in the foot .

They often occur just when you are falling asleep or when you are waking up. The muscle cramps They are usually painful and can last from a few seconds to a few minutes.

To these Cramps in the legs they are also known in English as "charley horses". It is not known exactly what causes them, but some factors that trigger them are known, in addition to not being related to a specific disease.

Among the associated factors are known: doing too much exercise or overuse the muscles , standing on concrete for a long time, sitting for a long time or putting your legs in strange positions while you sleep; do not have enough potassium , calcium and others minerals in the blood , dehydration , flatfoot and for some medications like contraceptives , antipsychotics Y steroids .

Therefore, in GetQoralHealth we give you some tips that will help you prevent Cramps in the legs during the night :

1. Abundant drinking Water and others lliquids during the day. 2. Limit or avoid drinks with alcohol or with caffeine . 3. Make sure you eat foods healthy (especially if you're pregnant) rich in calcium , potassium Y magnesium . 4. Use one bike fixed to condition and stretch your muscles . 5. Stretch the muscles of the leg for a few minutes before going to sleep . 6. If you are taking medicines that is known to cause Cramps in the legs , ask your doctor to change them.

If the Cramps they cause you a lot of discomfort or they occur frequently, talk to your doctor to find the most convenient solution, besides ruling out that they are symptoms of another problem.

Video Medicine: Leg Cramps: Medical Minute with Family Physician Dr. Richard Honaker (January 2022).