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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges Dr. Torres-hodges
Podiatry
19 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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What can cause leg and foot cramps?

What can cause leg and foot cramps?

Vessels and nerves: If there is intermittent circulation going to a muscle, it is not going to be "fed" properly and the efficiency in the muscle function may be compromised. Twitching is plausible and can result in cramping. Talk to your PCP and a consult with a vascular specialist may be needed, especially if you have other medical history, like diabetes. ...Read more

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Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Bowman Dr. Bowman
Podiatry
34 years in practice
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What are the causes of leg and foot cramps in the middle of the night?

What are the causes of leg and foot cramps in the middle of the night?

Foot cramps: Leg and foot cramps can be caused by many different things such as low potassium to nerve problems to circulation problems. You need some blood work and possible doppler to check for circulation problems unless you already suffer from systemic issues you have not disclosed. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster Dr. Foster
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
16 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Can shallow breathing at night cause leg and foot cramps at night?

Can shallow breathing at night cause leg and foot cramps at night?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea, which is shallow breathing, alternating with awakening and gasping for air, can be associated with conditions such as restless leg syndrome. People with sleep apnea often have risk factors for diseases of the arteries, like peripheral arterial disease. Either way, you should have a thorough history and physical examination, by your doctor, to get you started on treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman Dr. Bowman
Podiatry
34 years in practice
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2 weeks pregnant and been getting leg and foot cramps. What causes them and how do I get rid of them?

Cramps: Hormonal changes can be the cause though unusual for only 1 week pregnancy. Try a warm moist compress to the area and if it continues consult obgyn. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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Dr. Steven Saunders Dr. Saunders
Internal Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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When working out for long periods of time I get leg and foot cramps, what can I do to help them or make them go away?

When working out for long periods of time I get leg and foot cramps, what can I do to help them or make them go away?

Electrolyte solution: You may be changing the electrolyte balance in your body and you need to hydrate with an electrolyte solution to avoid a low sodium. Often water is not adequate. Resting or shorter workouts may avoid these symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. William Lizarraga Dr. Lizarraga
Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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How can I deal with horrible foot cramps that hurt so much to the bone of my legs?

How can I deal with horrible foot cramps that hurt so much to the bone of my legs?

Hard to say: Without more information. These cramps could be related to any number of things. Electrolyte disturbances, medication related side effects, restless legs, even certain types of arthritis might all be at play. I'd begin with a discussion with your doctor...Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Wenjay Sung Dr. Sung
Podiatry
10 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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Will taking cool or warm bath help with leg and foot cramps after working construction all day?

Will taking cool or warm bath help with leg and foot cramps after working construction all day?

Feel better: Cramping tends to occur with dehydration so hydration should be the first step, water or sports drink. I've treated a lot of construction workers and usually they have sore feet and ankles, and i recommend cool baths to decrease swelling and inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Leonard Stein Dr. Stein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
43 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Keep getting leg/foot cramps. Saw Gyno and she said I don't have signs of blood clot. Should I be concerned? What else could it be?

Keep getting leg/foot cramps. Saw Gyno and she said I don't have signs of blood clot. Should I be concerned? What else could it be?

See Internist: Is there any chance U take a diuretic? Low serum Potassium and Magnesium can cause cramps. Since you take BC pills you need a sonogram of thigh and lower leg to make sure veins are compressible. This is not something you can ignore. If no Internist have GYN send you for the proper test. Also need doctor to feel (palpate) leg arteries and make sure they are pulsing well, and check leg for edema. ...Read more

Dr. Stacy Frye Dr. Frye
Sports Medicine
10 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
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Pinching feeling right where my calf and ankle meet in the back of my lower leg? Sometimes foot cramps as well, pain in knee and thigh.

Pinching feeling right where my calf and ankle meet in the back of my lower leg?  Sometimes foot cramps as well, pain in knee and thigh.

Achilles tendinitis: The Achilles' tendon essentially is like a thick rope that joins your calf muscle to the heel. It can become irritated with overuse (activity > rest), changes in training regimen, or decreased flexibility. The flexibility issue can come from tight calf muscles. AT can also be related to plantar fasciitis, flat feet. Icing, gentle stretching, anti-inflam meds, gel heel cups & inserts can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Taking Garcinia Cambogia and Green Coffee Extract and have been getting multiple charlie horses in my legs and foot cramps at night. Why could this be?

Taking Garcinia Cambogia and Green Coffee Extract and have been getting multiple charlie horses in my legs and foot cramps at night. Why could this be?

Malnourishment: It means you are not eating the right or enough calories for your metabolic needs. The diet products you are taking will not ever lead you to any real or lasting weight loss. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Fisher Dr. Fisher
Neurology
30 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Started having severe leg,foot cramps with burning sensation. Hurts to walk OR rest. Legs keep going numb...should i be worried????

Started having severe leg,foot cramps with burning sensation. Hurts to walk OR rest. Legs keep going numb...should i be worried????

You should be: seeking a medical evaluation, is what you should be. I don't know what you have, but if you're not sure whether you should be worried, then you should be at least concerned. Could be minor, could be serious, but you won't find out sitting in front of a computer. An actual live doctor needs to lay actual hands on you in an actual brick-and-mortar office. ...Read more

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Dr. Greg Pahnke Dr. Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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Had a bilateral mastectomy weeks ago. I sleep on my back and get leg and foot cramps. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil haven't helped. Other options?

Had a bilateral mastectomy weeks ago. I sleep on my back and get leg and foot cramps. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil haven't helped. Other options?

See your doctor: Many causes -answer depends on your medication history first since many cross reactions and then physical examine - dvt-venous blood clots or arterial sclerosis made worse? Are the worse i can think of. But usually not. Usually temporary -- potassium or magnesium imbalance possible - therefore need you in person to suggest those blood tests therefore see your surgeon or md. ...Read more

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Dr. Wenjay Sung Dr. Sung
Podiatry
10 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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I took gabapentin for cervical stenosis. I had foot cramps and went off the drug. Cramps better, but legs still ache, could this drug induce this?

I took gabapentin for cervical stenosis.  I had  foot cramps and went off the drug.  Cramps better, but legs still ache, could this drug induce this?

Not common: It's not common for cramping complication from Gabapentin as it's effect is on the nervous system. Here's a list of possible side effects, good luck: http://www.Webmd.Com/drugs/mono-8217-gabapentin+-+oral.Aspx?Drugid=14208&drugname=gabapentin+oral. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Hadfield Dr. Hadfield
Podiatry
9 years in practice
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
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On my right foot on the bottom inside next to my heel is a huge bulge. If I stand or walk for longer than 5 minutes my foot cramps up. Never goes away?

See a Podiatrist: A bulge in this location could be a plantar fibroma (a thickening of the ligament on the bottom of the foot) or it could be from an injury. Either way I recommend you have it examined by a podiatrist. ...Read more