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Calf Muscle Cramps
Hi dr., my husband suffers pain in his feet specially soles, toes, ankles. He has calf muscle cramps too. He is addicted to corex.Has knee degeneration?
NEED FOR CUSHION!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possible reasons that you may have painful feet, but try cushioning arch supports like spenco polysorb cross-trainers(http://www.Spenco.Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb). If these don't help, see a podiatrist.... Also try an otc anti-inflammatory, like aleve (naproxen). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
How do they test for arterial insufficiency in a leg where the calf muscle cramps or reflects oxygen insufficiency, when there is a pulse at the foot.
Ultrasound first: First, a doppler exam of your pulses is performed. There are 3 major arteries below the knee. If 1 or more are missing or of poor amplitude, an arteriogram is perfomed. Sometimes at the same sitting, a narrowed artery can be dilated. ...Read more
Warmth get rid of it: Place towel in hot water then place them on your calf muscles while lying face down with muscles relaxed. Massaging the calf muscle also helps. ...Read more
No definite reason: Exact cause of muscle cramps is unknown, but the theories most commonly cited include:altered neuromuscular control, dehydration, electrolyte depletion, poor conditioning, muscle fatigue, new activity..Serious muscle spasm doesn't release on its own and requires manual stretching to help relax and lengthen the shortened muscle. Spasms and cramps can be mild or extremely painful. ...Read more
Gel packs wth sodium: Prevention is always best.Carrying a salty snack, like pretzels can help prevent cramping muscles.Potassium rich foods fruits, veges, dairy & fish help prevent dipping in to your body's salt supply.Drinking plenty of fluids is another prevention for muscle cramping.Massaging tired and achy muscles is an ounce of prevention for leg cramps, it keeps your muscles in top shape & condition. ...Read more
Stretch: Gently stretch the muscle by extending ( straightening ) the knee and bringing the toes up toward the knee. ...Read more
Stretching: Before and after exercise or sports. Adequate warm up and cool down to prevent cramps that are caused by vigorous physical activity. Good hydration before, during, after the activity esp if it is more than one hour to replace lost electrolytes esp sodium & potassium, which are major components of sweating .Should avoid excessive fatigue especially in warm weather. ...Read more
I have muscle cramps at night in the calf and it is extremely painful. Is there any way to treat this.
Yes: First, see your physician for a thorough history and physical examination. If other diagnoses have been ruled out( blood clots, gastroc muscle strains, etc.) than certain medications can be very helpful.Best of Luck! ...Read more
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