Symptoms of arthritis
Causes of leg cramps
Treats leg ulcers
About the leg bones
Leg cramps are a normal and harmless condition where the muscles in your legs suddenly become painful.
It usually occurs in the calf muscles, although it can affect any part of your leg, including your legs and thighs.
After the pain, you may have pain and tenderness in your leg for several hours.
Three out of four occur at night during sleep.
Read more about the symptoms of arthritis.
What causes leg cramps?
Ankle sprains can occur for no apparent reason, known as idiopathic ankle sprains, or as a symptom or complication of a medical condition, known as secondary ankle sprains.
Secondary causes of ankle sprains may include:
certain types of medicine, such as statins (medicines that help lower cholesterol levels)
During stress, your muscles suddenly contract (shorten), causing pain in your legs. This is known as a spasm, and you cannot control the affected muscle.
The pain can last from a few seconds to 10 minutes. When the spasm passes, you will be able to control the affected muscle again.
Read more about the causes of leg cramps.
When to see your GP
Talk to your doctor if your leg ulcers are affecting your life; for example, if you have frequent leg cramps or if they interfere with your sleep.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine your legs and feet. They may also ask if you have other symptoms, such as pain or swelling, which may be a sign that you have a secondary fracture caused by an underlying condition.
In this case, you may need additional tests, such as blood tests and urine tests, to rule out other conditions.
Treats leg ulcers
Most leg pain can be alleviated by doing the exercises involved. Exercising your legs during the day will help reduce the amount of time you talk.
To stretch your calf muscles, stand on the front half of your foot on a step, with your heel hanging off the edge. Slowly lower your heel below the level of the step. Hold for a few seconds before raising your heels back to the starting position. Repeat over and over.
Medication is usually required only in persistent cases where the cramping does not tolerate exercise.
If you have second leg sprains, treating the underlying cause may help relieve your symptoms.
Leg cramps that occur during pregnancy should go away after the baby is born.
Treating ulcers caused by severe liver disease can be more difficult. Your treatment plan may include the use of drugs as stimulants.
Read more about treating leg ulcers
Prevents leg cramps
If you find it difficult to stretch, regular stretching of the muscles in your lower legs can help prevent sprains or reduce their frequency.
You may find it helpful to stretch your calves before you go to bed each night (see the stretching tips above or try this calf workout).
These tips at night can also help:
If you lie on your back, make sure your toes are pointing up – placing a pillow next to it at the end of your bed, with your legs supporting it can help keep your feet in the right position.
If you lie on your front, hang your legs over the end of the bed – this will keep your legs relaxed and help stop the muscles in your calves from contracting and cramping. away. leave.
Keep your sheets and towels empty.