Foot and leg cramps may be due to a deficiency in vitamin D, according to MedlinePlus. In such cases, vitamin D supplements may help alleviate symptoms but should only be taken under a doctor's supervision. More »

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Home treatment for nighttime leg cramps includes stretching and massaging the affected muscle, having a warm shower, using a heating pad or applying a cold pack atop a cloth placed on the skin, says WebMD. Acetaminophen,... More »

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Leg cramp suffers can get more magnesium in their diet through foods such as dark leafy greens, spinach, nuts, legumes and whole grains. They can also take a daily supplement to ensure they get the full recommenced daily... More »

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According to MedlinePlus, the three ways in which a person can get vitamin D is through his skin, diet or supplements. The body naturally forms vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight, but because too much sun can... More »

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Avoiding direct sunlight and eating a diet containing insufficient amounts of vitamin D can lead to vitamin D deficiency, according to WebMD. Illnesses that damage the ability of the intestine to absorb vitamin D, such a... More »

Potassium helps control muscle function in the body and can have a direct impact on leg cramps, according to Everyday Health and MedlinePlus. Potassium is an electrolyte, and too little can result in muscle cramps or mor... More »

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Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can occur when the level of vitamin D in the body drops below the range of 30 to 74 nanograms per milliliter, according to MedlinePlus. The side effects are normally subtle, according to ... More »

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