How To Easily Relieve Calf Cramps

Surely you’ve been faced with aching pain that spreads through your leg in the middle of the night. We are talking about cramps in your calves. We can only help ourselves with getting up, stretching or doing some light exercise.

Magnesium deficiency

If we work out or if it is hot we sweat and lose a lot of magnesium. If we do not replenish magnesium stock, a deficiency could easily appear. Magnesium is very important for the functioning of muscle tissue. If we are having magnesium deficiency, muscle relaxation and contraction is disturbed. You should drink magnesium supplement before going to sleep. It will also help you to fall asleep. Need for magnesium increases even if you are under a stress. You can prevent the magnesium deficiency by drinking mineral water, which contains 100mg of magnesium per liter.

Problems with veins may cause calf cramps

If you frequently suffer from cramps in your calves, the problem may lie in the varicose veins. In this case, you have tired and heavy legs and you feel tension. Also, your ankles get swollen in the evenings. Lifting your legs in a higher position may ease your pain. Cold flushes not only refresh your feet and legs, but also help with the contraction of your veins. Natural curative agents from horse chestnut are also used for treatment of varicose veins.

Diabetes may be responsible for cramps in your calves so you need to check your blood sugar.

Relieving calf cramp

* Stretching the legs effectively stops the spreading of cramps through the calves.

* Hold your toe and with all your strength pull your leg.

* If the cramp occurs when sitting or lying, it’s best to get up and walk a little

* You can relax tense muscles with massage and warm baths.

* Foods rich in magnesium, such as whole grains, banana, papaya, potatoes help to refill stocks of vital substances in order to avoid unpleasant cramps.

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  1. Sharon McLaughlin MD FACS

    Arterial disease can cause leg cramps as well. The pain, referred to as claudication usually presents itself when walking. A lot of great information, thanks for sharing.

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