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What to do if I get muscle cramps once in awhile in my feet on what to do if a muscle cramp starts?

What to do if I get muscle cramps once in awhile in my feet on what to do if a muscle cramp starts?

Rest and stretch: Rest from the activity you are doing that causes the cramp, and then stretch the foot in a manner to relieve the cramp. Often this means gently but consistently pulling the toes back to stretch the plantar aspect of the foot. ...Read more

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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I had sandfly bites about 3 weeks back. This will b my 3rd outbreak. I also get swelling in my feet. Muscle cramps. Is this normal?

I had sandfly bites about 3 weeks back. This will b my 3rd outbreak. I also get swelling in my feet. Muscle cramps. Is this normal?

These symptoms are: Not normal. Perhaps these are NOT sand fly bites. Better make an appointment for an evaluation by a health care professional to figure out what is really going on with you. ...Read more

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Pain shoots down the bk of my rt leg when standing, and get bad muscle cramps in foot. No rt compression, but have low back issues. Possible reasons?

Pain shoots down the bk of my rt leg when standing, and get bad muscle cramps in foot. No rt compression, but have low back issues. Possible reasons?

Possible muscle entr: It sounds like you may have muscle or nerve entrapment, not necessarily form the spinal cord many spinal and leg muscle may get trapped crossing bony structures and may be producing your symptoms. Orthopedic evaluation and MRI are indicated to further determine the exact cause. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis for high foot arch and muscle cramps?

What is the diagnosis for high foot arch and muscle cramps?

See below: High arch feet are usually referred to as a pes cavus foot type. Often muscle cramps are due to overworking of the muscles and may cause plantar fasciitis. ...Read more

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What's the best way to prevent muscle cramps in my feet after exercise?

What's the best way to prevent muscle cramps in my feet after exercise?

Warm down.: Make sure you warm down after exercising at least for 1/2 the amount of time you took to warm up. For the feet and ankles, do gentle wall calf stretches and massage feet as needed. Also make sure you're wearing good footwear and stay hydrated! ...Read more

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I have been having muscle cramps in my toes, foot, and chest right below my ribs for about a month. They are really painful but short when stretching.

Magnesium?: You may have low magnesium. This can also cause headaches. Your doc or a natural medicine doc can do an easy lab test to check. Supplementing w/magnesium is easy. ...Read more

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Keep getting muscle cramps on my foot when I drive (step on accelerator) n on my hand for the past 2 weeks. What's wrong?

Keep getting muscle cramps on my foot when I drive (step on accelerator) n on my hand for the past 2 weeks. What's wrong?

Several options: Did you change any medicines or doses? Are you dehydrated? Have you started or stopped any supplements? Medicines, hydration, supplements, electrolytes, stress, and several other things can cause cramps. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have chronic calf & foot cramps when I relax my feet, and can feel/see muscles moving by themselves. This is worse at night. Any insight?

I have chronic calf & foot cramps when I relax my feet, and can feel/see muscles moving by themselves. This is worse at night. Any insight?

Cramps: Cramps in the calves and feet can be caused by a variety of issues. Most commonly are dehydration and imbalanced electrolytes. There are easy treatments that typically eliminate the cramping. Getting an exam in person or virtually will give you the best diagnosis and treatment plan that you may need! ...Read more

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About every night I get muscle cramps in my legs and feet sometimes my toes curl under and I'm a debetic?

Spine vs Diabetes: Could be related to your spine such as spinal stenosis or herniated disk. It also could be diabetic neuropathy. I would suggest if it is bothering you see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I get really bad cramps in the arches of my feet. What can I do?

I get really bad cramps in the arches of my feet. What can I do?

Massage, etc: Try massaging foot by rubbing it over a tennis ball. Also try drinking tonic water as this has quinine that helps stop the cramps. If this is still persistant, please see your doctor for alternative treatment or medication. ...Read more

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What to do if I get really bad cramps in the arches of my feet. What can I do to remedy this?

What to do if I get really bad cramps in the arches of my feet. What can I do to remedy this?

Arch pain: There may be a number of reasons to why you are getting pain in your feet. One of the most likely is that you are not getting enough arch support! This occurs when the shoegear (or lack there of) does not stabilize/support your foot joints. This allows you to overpronate and decrease your arch. You can help prevent and improve this pain with good tennis shoes and a podiatry referral. ...Read more

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Why do I get cramp in the arches of my feet?

Why do I get cramp in the arches of my feet?

Could just be: The arch needs to be better supported. ...Read more

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How to get rid of muscle spasm or cramp in foot?

How to get rid of muscle spasm or cramp in foot?

Water: You should check to see how much water you are drinking. You should also see if you are getting enough potassium into your body. ...Read more

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What do I do for estreme leg, feet and hand muscle cramps? Kept me up all night--still spasaming. Tried diazapam that I have for occasional cramping and drank some tonic water for the quinine and drank gator ade for the electrolights.

What do I do for estreme leg, feet and hand muscle cramps? Kept me up all night--still spasaming. Tried diazapam that I have for occasional cramping and drank some tonic water for the quinine and drank gator ade for the electrolights.

I: I agree with dr. Jaffery. Another consideration would be spinal cord irritation and a neurologic exam would be able to uncover that problem.

Before you visit the neurologist make sure to differentiate between "spasms", cramps, and restless legs.

Spasms respresent a painful and involuntary muscle contraction. It can not be released voluntarily.

A muscle cramp is a sudden intermittent pain of a muscle that may involve involuntary contractions and can be associated with spasms.

Restless legs refers to an uneasiness and restlessness in the legs when at rest. This most commonly occurs after going to bed but can be seen earlier in the evening (anticipation).

Cramps can also be associated with arthritic conditions and cold exposure. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Massive muscle cramps severe in both legs, feet, ankles and thighs. Please tell me why I'm having this problem?

Many things: You need to visit a vascular surgeon for tests. Could be PVD or pad or clot or something as simple as low potassium but get it checked soon! ...Read more

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I'm currently getting muscle cramps any where I flex. Hand, legs, feet, even chest. How can I alleviate an prevent this from happening.?

I'm currently getting muscle cramps any where I flex. Hand, legs, feet, even chest. How can I alleviate an prevent this from happening.?

Cramps: I see you list excessive sweating as a problem. If you sweat alot and are active you can lose salts. The most common two to cause cramps are potassium and magnesium. Drink fluids and try to increase both. If these cramps continue to be excessive and ongoing get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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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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When on my feet for a few hours, my feet swell, legs hurt, muscles get weak, and toenails hurt, and leg, foot, ankle and toe joints ache. What's up?

When on my feet for a few hours, my feet swell, legs hurt, muscles get weak, and toenails hurt, and leg, foot, ankle and toe joints ache. What's up?

Varicose veins: The commonest cause probably is varicose veins (they may not be superficial and easily seen) you probably need ultrasound of the lower extremities. ...Read more

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Having trouble with foot and leg cramps bad at night, woke up this morning with stiff muscle aching. Not feeling well, sleepy potassium 3.5 thyriod ok?

Having trouble with foot and leg cramps bad at night, woke up this morning with stiff muscle aching. Not feeling well, sleepy potassium 3.5 thyriod ok?

Difficult problem: Your magnesium level should be checked.
Trying over the counter magnesium is an option even if your level is normal, also although not well understood Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg (antihistamine) works great for night (nocturnal) leg cramps.
Also if not contra indicated for you your md may also try Diltiazem a calcium channel blocker at night. ...Read more

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My arches of my feet cramp and convulse-- why?

My arches of my feet cramp and convulse-- why?

Foot cramps: This may be a sign of circulatory problems, arthritis or functional problems of the feet that strain them and make them overwork. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the cramps/muscle spasms in my foot during ballet?

Tape feet: There are mutiple causes of cramps to your feet during ballet. The most common is small muscle fatigue in the foot. Try taping your foot to support the arch; rolling your arch area over a tennis ball prior to exercise, and using an analgesic cream, and you may want to start drinking some tonic water (which contains quinine) that helps eliminate the cramping. See your podiatrist if unsuccesful. ...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


Nocturnal (Definition)

This term is used to note that something ...Read more