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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?

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 more

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Muscle (Definition)

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


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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.

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

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How do you help get rid of muscle cramps in a calf muscle?

How do you help get rid of muscle cramps in a calf muscle?

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

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Why sometimes i feel bit of cramp at my calf muscle?

Why sometimes i feel bit of cramp at my calf muscle?

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

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What gels can I put on my muscle cramps (in calf) to relieve pain?

What gels can I put on my muscle cramps (in calf) to relieve pain?

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

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What is the first and best thing to do when you get a cramp in the calf muscle?

What is the first and best thing to do when you get a cramp in the calf muscle?

Stretch: Gently stretch the muscle by extending ( straightening ) the knee and bringing the toes up toward the knee. ...Read more

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Why do u feel a bit of cramp at my calf muscle suddenly? Is this symptoms of some illness?

Why do u feel a bit of cramp at my calf muscle suddenly? Is this symptoms of some illness?

Muscle strain from : Strenuous exercise, electrolyte abnormality, circulation problem etc may cause your leg cramps. See your dr if it persists or worsens . Take care! ...Read more

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How can I address recurring cramps in the calf muscle?

How can I address recurring cramps in the calf muscle?

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

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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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Have large knot behind knee, calf it's has gotten bigger. Leg painful and having muscle cramps.Hurts to bend it, stand, lay it on things. What is it?

Have large knot behind knee, calf  it's has gotten bigger. Leg painful and having muscle cramps.Hurts to bend it, stand,  lay it on things. What is it?

See MD: Sounds like a Bakers' or politeal cyst most commonly seen secondary to arthritis w/ a degenerative meniscal ( cartilage) tear. Fluid from your knee joint leaks out thru the tear in the cartilage ( and knee capsule) and collects and forms the cyst. Very common; however see your primary care physician to rule out other potential problems( DVT, etc.)best of luck ! ...Read more

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I get cramp on my legs, calf muscle, why this? What should I do? Im 37 years male

I get cramp on my legs, calf muscle, why this? What should I do? Im 37 years male

Nocturnal leg cramp: Do these occur at night? These are called nocturnal leg cramps. The classic treatment for these is quinine at bedtime, but because of washington dc politics within the fda this medication is no longer availble for us to use to help you. You can stretch at bedtime, stretch when you get these or try to prevent them by drinking quinine water at bedtime. I agree with dr skow -see your doctor. ...Read more

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I fractured my 2nd 3rd and 4th metatarsals 6 wks ago. Dr told me to start bearing weight as tolerated with airboot 2wks ago. I have been getting painful muscle cramps in my calf mostly when I put weight on it. Is this normal? Why? For how long?

Probably typical: After being in a boot for an extended period of time, calf muscles often become tight and can spasm when "waking up" and contracting more frequently. A physical therapy and home rehab program will very likely help overcome atrophy and inflexibility. Ask your doc about starting a rehab program and these symptoms should fade. If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Could this be a sign of blood clots? I am on the pill now for 5 months. Monday of last week i noticed an odd ache in my left calf muscle and ankle, no over exercise or stretching to cause this. Next day same thing but the cramps a little worse so i took s

Could this be a sign of blood clots? I am on the pill now for 5 months. Monday of last week i noticed an odd ache in my left calf muscle and ankle, no over exercise or stretching to cause this. Next day same thing but the cramps a little worse so i took s

It is possible. : The pill and other oral contraceptives can increase your risk of blood clot and especially so if your are a smoker. If you have swelling in that leg compared to the other or tenderness then i would have a high suspicion for a clot. Call your doc or go to a local urgent care or emergency department. If it is getting worse do not ignore it. ...Read more

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Calf muscle hurts in left legLike it's about to cramp but doesn't. Feel it more when resting. Some tingling and numbness with cold feet. Also tired?

Many things: There are many reasons for you to have the above described symptoms! It could be as simple as a muscle strain or cramp. Sometimes, diabetes and or hormonal imbalances could present with fatigue and numbness. ...Read more

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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle(s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more