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How are leg cramps prevented?

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Here are some simple things you can do:

  • Stretch during the day and before bed. Focus on your calf and foot muscles.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Move around during the day to exercise your feet and legs.
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
  • Sleep under loose covers, especially if you sleep on your back.

From: Leg Cramps WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Nocturnal Leg Cramps."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Nocturnal Leg Cramps."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nocturnal Leg Cramps."

Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine: "Leg Cramps at Night."

UC San Diego Health System: "Medicines Used to Treat COPD."

Lancaster General Health: "Leg Cramps, Nocturnal."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Nocturnal Leg Cramps."

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Leg Cramps."

Allen, R. , August 2012. American Family Physician

Kolata, G. “A Long-Running Mystery, the Common Cramp.” , Feb. 14, 2008. The New York Times

Maugh II, T. “The FDA warns against using quinine for leg cramps.” , July 8, 2010. Los Angeles Times

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 4, 2018

SOURCES:

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Nocturnal Leg Cramps."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Nocturnal Leg Cramps."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nocturnal Leg Cramps."

Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine: "Leg Cramps at Night."

UC San Diego Health System: "Medicines Used to Treat COPD."

Lancaster General Health: "Leg Cramps, Nocturnal."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Nocturnal Leg Cramps."

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Leg Cramps."

Allen, R. , August 2012. American Family Physician

Kolata, G. “A Long-Running Mystery, the Common Cramp.” , Feb. 14, 2008. The New York Times

Maugh II, T. “The FDA warns against using quinine for leg cramps.” , July 8, 2010. Los Angeles Times

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 4, 2018

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