What is a remedy for cramps in the legs/feet during exercise and while sleeping?


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Some remedies for cramps in the legs and feet are stretching the muscle, flexing the foot, taking a warm bath, applying ice to the cramp and pulling the toes upward, says WebMD. Standing on the cramped leg and massaging the muscle may also help provide relief.

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The exact causes of leg cramps are unknown, but activities such as overworking the muscles and sitting without moving should be avoided, notes WebMD. People who don't drink enough water and those who stand too long may be prone to leg cramps. Muscle aches can be prevented by stretching leg and foot muscles during the day and before going to bed. Drinking water and getting plenty of magnesium, potassium and zinc from multivitamins or foods helps prevent cramps. Moving around during the day and wearing supportive shoes also helps ward off muscle spasms.

Leg cramps are painful but harmless and often occur at night, according to WebMD. Diabetes, certain hormone disorders and Parkinson's disease are known to cause cramping. Low blood sugar, alcoholism, flat feet and certain medications can also cause cramps. Severe and frequent cramps may indicate a health problem. Although prescription medication is sometimes advised, drugs don't always work and may cause side effects.

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