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.

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

Nocturnal leg cramps. multiple causes and deserves further medical evaluation- breathing or hyperventing can be only one cause: metabolic issues, electrolyrs issues, muscle spasms, stress, tension, anxiety,- can all play a role: get examined. Read more...
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...

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

Cramps. If you do not have any circulatory problems, those cramps could be caused by overuse syndrome of the leg and calf muscles as well as the intrinsic muscles in the feet. Skeletal and muscle malfunction while walking can cause many muscles to over work and produce high amounts of lactic acid. Once you stop to rest/go to bed, the lactic muscles trigger the cramping. See a podiatrist for orthoses eval. Read more...
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...

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?

Exercise. You are probably exercising too much, try to tone down a little as well as replacing your fluids and electrolytes. Build up slowly. Read more...
Electrolytes. when you work out for a long time you have two things, you get dehydrated - which can cause cramps. Also magnesium and potassium get depleted when you work out too long. so you need to replenish both water and electrolytes. Read more...
Leg cramps. It may be that you are overdoing the amount of exercise and causing some trauma to your body. Be sure you are well hydrated and getting enought electrolytes. Be sure your footware is proper and you are working out correctly. Read more...
Cramps with exercise. Consider lots of water, bananas & oranges for potassium, almonds for magnesium. Read more...
Hydrate! If you're going to be working that hard working out, lifting weights or cardiovascular interval training, you are creating a lot of lactic acid buildup in your system very quickly. This is causing the cramping you're feeling your muscles. You need to make sure that you are adequately hydrating a lot, in between the working out. Also take breaks and do not overdo your program, so you're not breaking down muscle fiber. Intense workouts should be spaced a day apart. Read more...
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...

I get cramps after sleeping. I get leg and foot cramps after sleeping for about 4 hours or more. I do not get them during the daytime. Any ideas?

Cramps . Cramps are very difficult to figure out. Sometimes there are reduced levels of calcium, magnesium or other electrolytes in your blood. Your doctor can test for these problems but finding the cause in blood tests is unusual. It would be any easy thing to try taking some calcium and magnesium supplement from your neighborhood drug store for a week to see if this helps. If not, try taking a couple ounces of tonic water before bed. Tonic water has small amount of quinine in it. While large amounts of quinine can have side effects, the risk is very low at small doses. Read more...
Overuse. Patient can perform stretching of the posterior musculature before and after sleeping. Evaluate electrolyte levels. Read more...

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...
Certainly wont hurt. But, you need to get to the bottom of why that is happening to you. Perhaps vitamin deficiency? Electrolyte imbalance? Dehydration? These items should be checked out. Read more...

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?

I would look for the. Cause as opposed to trying to mask the discomfort. Magnesium deficiency is a possibility. You can try supplementing or actually get blood levels. When taking blood levels it would be prudent to get magnesium levels in the red blood cells and not just magnesium levels. Read more...
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...