Michael J. Cornelison, DPM, FACFAS
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Cupertino, California 95014
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Causes and Treatment of Leg Cramps

Several conditions, starting from as simple as sedentary lifestyle or dehydration to more serious ones such as disorders of nerves or kidney disease, can trigger the leg cramps. The pain severity and duration varies from person to person. While some people may experience the leg cramps for just a few seconds, others may have to bear it for as long as 5-10 minutes.

Massaging and stretching the affected muscle usually offers relief from leg cramps. In some cases, muscle discomfort may continue after a cramp has vanished. To decrease such pain and discomfort, painkillers (ibuprofen or paracetamol) may be prescribed. Those affected by frequent leg cramps should consult experienced foot doctors to diagnose the exact cause.

According to doctors of Cupertino Podiatry Inc, simple steps like avoiding dehydration during exercises or strenuous sports/other physical activities, maintaining the correct leg posture when resting in bed and doing light stretching exercises can help avoid leg cramps. Sometimes, these professionals advise medications to relax their patientsí muscles, especially for those affected by frequent cramps that disturb their sleep.

People on medication, especially those taking nifedipine, thiazide diuretics, salbutamol, terbutaline, statins, lithium, phenothiazines and penicillamine may experience cramps as a side-effect. Sometimes, leg cramps may occur frequently in these people. In such cases, itís best not to play doctor. Rather, consulting an experienced foot doctor is advisable, who may suggest some alternatives to the medicines, if available.

Usually, self-care measures are adequate to treat muscle cramps unless they are severe and need an expert diagnosis. Patients suffering from leg cramps attributed to the later stages of pregnancy, renal dialysis, or those having pre-existing conditions that changes the sodium/potassium levels in the bloodstream, should contact a doctor immediately.

Browsing www.cupertinopodiatrist.com will help one know more about leg cramps as well as their treatment and prevention. For products to relieve leg cramps, one can check www.footpainreliefproducts.com. To reach experienced foot doctors of Cupertino Podiatry Inc for getting leg cramps treated, one can dial 408-446-5811.