Leg Cramp Calf

Muscular cramps are characterized by involuntary and sudden contractions of a muscle or of many muscles. These cramps are usually very painful leaving you incapacitated and writhing in a terrible agony as long as the cramps last. Terrible leg pain, inability to move your leg, and muscle tenderness are some of the cramps symptoms.

There are many causes that can lead to nocturnal muscular cramps. Rigorous exercises, dehydratation, muscle fatigue provoked by overexertion, a difficult exercise, excess weight, nerve abnormalities, and side effects of some medicines can be some of these causes.

Researchers have discovered that there are some home remedies that can effectively cure muscle cramps. They have also discovered that consuming food rich in potassium and calcium eliminates the problem.

1. Bananas, potatoes, broccoli, pulses, cabbage, grapes, raisins dates, pork fish and lamb are rich in potassium therefore they are very helpful to get rid of muscle cramps.

2. You can also use an herbal oil lotion for massage. You can prepare this lotion from a cup of almond oil or extra virgin oil, mixed with one ounce of Cramp bark tincture, a half of ounce of Lobelia tincture, one-fourth ounce of Willow bark tincture or 30 drops of Wintergreen oil. Store the lotion in a bottle and massage your body with it.

3. Glycine is an amino acid that has the property to relax your muscles. Chamomile tea is rich in this amino acid. So if you suffer from muscles cramps drink 4-5 cups of chamomile tea every day for 2 weeks.

4. Honey has proved to be an efficient remedy for muscles cramps and not only. It is a very old and efficient natural remedy. Take regularly 10 ml of honey with your meals.

5. Acetic acid helps at the acetylcholine production. Acetylcholine is a stimulant for muscles. Pickle juice and mustard contain acetic acid so they are recommended as a home remedy to combat the muscles cramp. Take 15 ml of mustard or a few grams of pickle juice.

6. Apple cider vinegar mixed with other natural substances or water is a very helpful home remedy in many health problems as obesity, sore throat, and cellulite. And it has beneficial effects in muscle cramps, as well. Mix 5 ml (a teaspoon) of honey and 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of apple cider vinegar in 100 ml of warm water and drink this solution

7. Lavender oil is another beneficial natural treatment. It is a very strong antispasmodic and that's why it is recommended in muscle cramps treatments.

8. Take bathes in an Ayurvedic solution. Saturate a tube of hot water with a teabag with black and brown mustard seeds. You will find a great relief soon.

9. You can also suck a little salt to get relief, too.

10. Pineapple has proved to be a great natural remedy in muscle cramps problems. It contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps at the repair of the injured tissue.

11. Essential oils as rosemary and ginger are often used in massages because they have the property to stimulate circulation and to relieve the stiffness and the pain provoked by cramps.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    consistent leg cramp in my calf?
    i have this cramp in my calf from my heel to my knee. In a way it never goes away bc at times i feel the cramp in different spots in my leg. Thats the best way i can describe the pain.. what could this be? it's been going on for a year and a few months consistently.

    • ANSWER:
      You have some tight muscles there and you can't stretch them unless you like pain. Releasing the ones that are tight is the gentle way to go and once they are released you can do anything you want with them and not hurt them. Here is how to release the tendon and muscle for the back of your foot to ease up that pain:
      Achilles tendon:
      While sitting and your leg on your lap, take both thumbs and place them side by side at about ankle height on the tendon on the back of your leg and apply pressure hard and hold. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your foot there for another 30 seconds.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  2. QUESTION:
    I had a calf cramp earlier and my leg hurts. I have swimming tomorrow, what do i do?
    My calf started hurting when i was swimming in school and it was in the middle of the pool so i ignoed the pain and kept swimming. Now it's really sore. What can i do so it won't hurt/happen again tommorrow.
    So far ive done this.
    Lots of Water
    Tylenol
    Potassium (alot)
    muscle rub
    ice
    stretching

    Is there anything else i can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Muscle cramps happen due to the lack of potassium. Sounds like you had a "charlie horse" anyways it will be sore for a few days and if you continue to strain it you will get another.Just do everything you've been doing and take it a lil easy.

  3. QUESTION:
    Horrible Leg Cramp In My Calf?
    Today while i was in the pool me and my friends were playing basketball. As a joke i tackled one of my friends and threw him over my shoulder. All of a sudden my left calf muscle tightened up and it was one of the worst pains i have ever felt. My friends had to take me out of the pool. Its been a good 8 hours since that happened and my leg still hurts badly whenever i put pressure on it. What is this and what can i do to make it feel better?

    • ANSWER:
      Grab the front of your foot and pull upward with one hand while squeezing the back of your calf with the other for immediate relief and then stretch your calf by leaning up against a solid wall face first.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long should a leg cramp last?
    At 4am I was woken by THE WORST calf cramp I've ever had! I couldn't put any weight on that leg or even move it the slightest bit without it cramping again.

    I have been able to walk today but with a limp, because my calf is still so tight and still feels like a rock, but not as bad as it was at 4am.

    17 hours later - should it be completely gone? I rarely get cramps but I don't remember one ever lasting this long.

    • ANSWER:
      Ouch. I used to have them all the time when I was prego with child #3.
      You are still sore. I'd take a hot shower, and rub your leg with a ben gay type lotion.
      Try to work the knot out without tensing up.

      You may be sore all of today. Relax take some motrin
      and eat a banana for potassium.

  5. QUESTION:
    Strange leg cramp. I get a cramp that goes horizontal across the middle of my right calf when I am lying down
    What could be causing this? It is very painful when it happens.

    • ANSWER:
      You didn't say how long this has been going on or if there are any other symptoms or what your history is, so trying to guess here would be a stab in the dark. So I will stab.

      First of all, there are no muscles that go horizontal across your calf, and I think you know that, or you wouldn't call it "strange."

      Some muscle cramps only hurt in one place even though the muscle is contracting its entire length when it cramps. If the muscle feels tight and stretching it relieves the pain, then it is a common leg cramp.

      One other thing it might be is deep vein thrombosis, also called DVT. Most people get this when they don't move much, like after surgery, and it is called "economy class syndrome" because people develop it from sitting in planes too long without stretching their legs. It doesn't usually cause pain, but it can, especially if you move your toes toward your knee when your leg is straight. It can be dangerous because a blood clot in your leg can move to your lungs. If your leg is swollen (more than an inch bigger than the other one in circumference) or leg veins are visible that you haven't seen before, that might add to the possibility of DVT.

      I'm sending you a link on DVT so you can decide for yourself if it fits your situation. If it does, see a doctor.

  6. QUESTION:
    What caused my leg (calf muscle) to cramp up and have severe pain?
    Last night my calf muscle hurt so bad, i was writhing in agony for about 1 minute, then it quickly let up, but ever since i've had a dull pain. But while it was cramping, I thought the world was coming to an end becauase that's how much it hurt! Will it happen again? What caused it? Did someone inject transformer oil into my leg and fill it full of PCBs when i was asleep? Did i get bitten by a Chupacabra or some other multi-dimensional fanged creature?
    I don't work out or run, so it's definitely not the result of exercise or injury like that.

    • ANSWER:
      You probably just had a charlie horse. I get them once and a while. It's a really intense, painful cramp usually in the leg that lasts only for a minute or two. My doctor says you can get them if you're dehydrated...or attacked by a Chupacabra :D

  7. QUESTION:
    After getting a leg cramp (from pregnancy) does your whole calf muscle ache even hours after?
    Because mine does. This is the first leg cramp I've received so far. It woke me up out of my sleep lastnight, & it's still ab it sore lol.
    & I'm 32 weeks & 3 days, thanks....

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you got a charlie horse. when i get them, which is often in pregnancy, it hurts for days and no matter what i do, it hurts

  8. QUESTION:
    tender calf muscle due to leg cramp.. helppp!!?
    i went to the beach yesterday and while i was in the sea i had this really bad leg cramp that lasted for like 5 minuits!!! i was screaming and shouting in the sea, people thought i was crazy,
    and now walkin like a cripple, my muscle in my calf feels really tender, i cant put much pressure on it isit going to stay like this forever?? isit just for now...? HELPPPPPPP!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      No it will go away. The problem appears to be that you leg muscles contracted so they now need a little exercise. Stand and raise yourself on your toes then gradually lower yourself. Do this at least 10 times each session. Rub in some aspirin based cream this will reduce the pain and inflammation. Take some Ibuprofen this will also help in you not feeling the pain so much and also in the reduction of inflammation.

      Stretching the muscle out will get the muscle to relax. Don't worry I am sure that you will be fine.

  9. QUESTION:
    I keep getting this really weird cramp in my calf in my left leg..?
    For the past two nights, I've had this really weird cramp in my calf in my left leg.. I've heard that when you're pregnant, you sometimes get these cramps in your calfs / legs.. Do you get cramps in both of your legs? Can it happen with only one leg?
    I don't understand why this happens.. Any advice, please?
    I'm drinking water, and taking my vitamins..?
    What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be from you not having enough Calcium or magnesium. I would try these supplements as they will be 1st on my list of things to eliminate from a person having these symptoms.

      One leg muscle hurting can easily happen.

      Are you pregnant? Have you taken a pregnancy test? If so, and you wish to keep it to birth, you need to get a blood workup immediately. Start with Folic acid supplements immediately.

  10. QUESTION:
    I got a leg cramp in the calf yesterday morning ,but it still hurts a little why?

    • ANSWER:
      because its a muscle. And it was bruised by the leg cramp.
      Try drinking more water. You might be de-hydrated

  11. QUESTION:
    really bad leg cramp in the right calf.?
    most nights i wake up with unbelievably painful cramp in my right calf muscle, it is extremely painful and stops me sleeping, does anyone know what causes this and anything i can do to get rid of the cramp at nights, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, just stretch: you calves by leaning against a counter with you feet back about two feet back so you are at an angle and the calves feel the stretch. then bend over at the waist and try to let you body weight pull you back straight down. add a banana or potassium to your diet and either drink more water or eat enough vegetables to keep your body hydrated. it's either your dehydrated, your low on potassium, salt or you don't work out and / or stretch enough to keep blood flowing correctly through the muscles in the lower legs. the last thing may be temperature is the feet and legs feel cold blood will restricted flow in the legs in an attempt you core temperature correct. if that's the case sleep in sweat pants or put another blanket on the foot of the bed over you feet and calves.

  12. QUESTION:
    How can a leg cramp be stopped?
    What can I do to make the calf cramping stop without having to endure the whole time before it fades away?
    My husband isn't here to massage it away, but he suggested a shot of vinegar when the cramp begins...???

    • ANSWER:
      All of the answers you have been given so far have benefit. I don't know one way or the other about the vinegar helping but it won't hurt. Potasium deficiency is often a cause of muscle spasms (cramps) supplementing it in a small natuiral way like a banana or even lite salt vs regular salt can help. The muscle exercizes mentioned do often help. A couple of other things that also help are to be sure you have enough water all through the day because any dehydration does make leg cramps more likely and get some Bengay or other over the counter muscle rub to rub on the leg muscle if it cramps. If you can't readily reach it get a long handled dish sponge, a back scratcher,a ruler whatever you need to be able to get at the spot. Before you go to sleep each night do 25 toe flexes pointing toes down and up, 25 toe clentches where you curl toes tightly as possible then spread as far as possible,and 25 "bicycle pumps" by moving your legs as if gently peddling a bike. These all can be done while lying down and you can increase the number of each as your muscles get more used to it. The idea is to improve both circulation and flexability which lessens cramping. Keep your legs warm and avoid anything that cuts down circulation both daytime and night time. For ex some knee high hose have bands tight enough to leave a mark and those cut circulation, for some people sleeping with one leg on the other cuts circulation so if they sleep on their side they need a pillow between their knees. For some people certain chairs cut off blood flow at the back of the knees and when the blood flows again cramps and pain can follow. Things like this lessen circulation in general and the cramps ofteh though not always show up at night when the muscles relax in bed. They can happen daytimes too.

      If you try these things and the cramps persist talk with your doctor. There are meds that can help one is an OTC product but it can interact with other meds and can have some oddball effects for some ppl so it is better to have medical advice. Cramps that persist like that can also be a warning of other problems so need to be checked out if basic home remedies don't help. Leg circulation problems can indicate circulation problems elsewhere in your body and by warning you of those so they can be checked on the leg crampsawful as they are can be a life saving alarm.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I heal a leg cramp?
    I woke up this morning with a really bad cramp in my calf. It hurts so bad I can't sleep. Yesterday I walked around a lot, but I tend to be more active than I was yesterday. Do you think that has anything to do with my leg cramp? What can I do to help it feel better?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a lot of leg cramps when i was in tae kwon do - the thing that helped me was taking a hot bath with epsom salt (found in any pharmacy or store), massaging it with icy hot works wonders, too, just don't put to much on. The icy hot patch works, too. Oh, and try to drink a lot of water as well.

      In tae kwon do i always smelled like Tiger Balm, a form of icy hot. I think tiger balm works the best but I've only found it in walmart.

      Feel better soon! I know it hurts.

  14. QUESTION:
    Leg cramp...........?
    I just got this really random out of the blue leg cramp...I was just sat with my feet up and it started really hurting and I had a mug of coffee in my hand and my laptop in the other and it was really painful...like the most painful cramp I have ever had ever - I was in tears it was so bad, even grabbing my calf as much as possible to take my mind off the pain didn't work it was so bad. It lasted for half a minute then i got a painful throbbing in my leg muscle for a few minutes after. Now my leg is quite sore and achy. Should I take some paracetamol for it, or should I leave it? It's not like I get cramps regularly...I can't even remember the last time I got one and all the info on the net that I can be bothered to read is only for people who get them regularly, which I don't. Should I just leave it see if the tenderness goes, or should I take a paracetamol?
    Thanks
    Banana are expensive :( Student budget...and I don't really get them alot at all. The last time I got a leg cramp was in Belgium four years ago...I used to get foot cramps when I had a bath, but I no longer have the use of a bath...
    Its just quite tender still...Of the cramps I have had, they have never stayed this tender for so long.....

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  15. QUESTION:
    right leg calf cramped up so bad the pain was unbeleivable.?
    When I woke up three days ago while getting up my whole right leg calf cramped up and hurt so bad that I couldn't even move. Once I was able to stand on it the crampness went away but not the pain. Both my feet have been doing the same thing for sometime now. I don't know what could cause either of these problems or if they have to do with each other

    • ANSWER:
      i would schedule and appointment with your doctor to check for DVT (clot) and possibly circulation problems. in the meantime check out this great website for information on foot conditions, myfootshop.com. use the links in the source to take you directly there and good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    leg muscle cramp 3 days?
    Okay, so i am a little worried about a right leg calf cramp i got on friday night at a swim practice. Im 17 years old and swim competitively

    On Thursday night, i did not have dinner and went straight to sleep and did not drink enough water---i do not wish to explain why i didn't eat and went straight to sleep(it may be illegal) however that was a one time only thing and i will never experiment with my friends ever again. I felt terrible, i think i may have had a possible panic attack, and i learned my lesson
    The reason why i am stating this is because the lack of nutrition or low oxygen level (caused by a possible panic attack) may have caused the cramp

    On Fridays swim practice, we were doing drills of dolphin kicks on our backs and i got a terrible cramp in my right calf muscle. I had to pull myself out of the pool and sit out. I had trouble walking that night and when i woke up on saturday i still felt pain when walking, especially down stairs, throughout the entire day.

    Today is sunday, and i can walk normally, but i still feel some tension in the calf when i make certain movements.

    Is this normal?
    How long should i wait before jumping in the pool or running or using weights on my leg?
    Am i over-reacting and i caused the cramp because of poor nutrition the night before the practice?
    Is it normal to still feel some tension 2-3 days after a cramp?

    Suggestions? Advice? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Not being a doctor can't really help you.
      Have you tried eating bananas for the potassium and have you been keeping your salt and mineral levels up? Drink lots and lots of water. You might get your coach to help you stretch out your cramps. You don't want to put too much strain on your muscles to cause more cramping. Stressing out about your problem can also cause cramping in your body.

      The night before a meet you should have a high carbohydrate diet, rest/relax and be stress free.
      No party, booze, sex or drugs.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to avoid or deal with severe calf cramp.?
    I wake in the middle of the night screaming with lower leg cramp its like a "crocodile is ripping my leg off" any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      drink lots of water during the day and eat more banana's they are good for that.

  18. QUESTION:
    Leg cramp that will not go away?
    I got a calf cramp 3 days ago and it stopped in the middle of the cramp cycle and is still tight. I am taking alive and quinine but not much relife. The leg is a little swollen and the calf muscle is tight
    Anybody have any ideas????????
    Thanx

    • ANSWER:
      Yes take a long hot shower or bath and loosen up those muscles or heating pad. Then ice it like crazy. Taking something like aleve or ibuprofen will help with the inflamation. Stop overworking that area and let it rest if you can.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to stop pain after a leg cramp?
    I was stretching and my calf cramped really bad for about a minute, about two hours later it's still quite sore especially if a don't move it for a while then move it. I'm worried it will really hurt tomorrow morning, is there anything i can do to stop or minimise the pain?

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  20. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a leg cramp?
    I was swimming today and my leg had a horrible cramp like if you felt my calf you could feel a golf ball sized cramp sticking out on my leg, it's gone now and its been a few hours but now it still really hurts and i cant put pressure on my heel so i have to like limp on my toes, how can i make it feel better?

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  21. QUESTION:
    Cramp in my back of my leg.. (calf)?
    I started with cramp on friday night in my leg.. And it happend saturday night too while i was sleeping..

    The cramp has gone/

    But My leg is still sore today like i cant put all my presure on it..

    Is that normall?

    It feels like it is trapped cramp

    x

    • ANSWER:
      Happened 2 Me Those 2 Days.

      I Excercised Em Too Much And I Just Massaged It With Sum Bengay To Relieve The Pain

      Its Gone Now & Urs Will Probably Go Away In A Little Bit..

  22. QUESTION:
    what is the best thing to do when you wake up at you have a cramp in the calf of your leg?

    • ANSWER:
      When this happens to me, I quickly take my foot and press it against the wall, very hard, until the muscle relaxes. Then....I go in the kitchen and take some potassium tablets with warm water, to get them into my system quickly.

  23. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of a blood clot in the calf of your leg? My leg is swollen and it feels like a cramp in?
    in my calf of my leg? It is not hot or cold. It was severe early this morning when it woke me up. When I went to stand on it the pain was so bad I fell to the floor.

    • ANSWER:
      with pain that bad, fiddling around on the computer is not the place to be.
      A deep vein thrombosis is serious. Call your doctor or ER and tell them them what you said here.
      If you do have a blood clot, you are in danger of some or all of it breaking loose and heading for your heart.
      Call ER or your doctor NOW.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a leg cramp during pregnant?
    This morning I woke up with a really bad knot in my right calf. My husband stretched it out, and 2 hours later I got another really bad cramp in my left calf. Its been almost 12 hours and BOTH of my calf's have excruciating pain and I can barely walk.

    Any advice?
    Thank, but should it still be hurting this long after a spasm to where I can barely walk?

    • ANSWER:
      I can completely sympathize. Ive been bolted right out of the bed with leg cramps with this pregnancy.

      I noticed that the other ladies offered up advice about the potassium in your diet, and its a great way to help with the cramps.You may also be lacking calcium and magnesium in your diet as well. The reason the magnesium and calcium are important as well is because how they help muscle function.

      Calcium helps the muscle contract, while magnesium helps it to relax. If there is not enough of either, you end up with the leg cramp situation. If you do end up on a calcium supplement, its best to take the pills with either a vitamin D supplement or a glass of milk. The boost in vitamin D helps the absorption rate of calcium.

      I would suggest asking your OB/midwife about potassium, calcium and magnesium, and what would be safe dosages for you to take.

      Hope it helps :)

  25. QUESTION:
    How do you relieve or release a leg cramp?
    I was sleeping and all of the sudden I got a cramp in my right calf muscle. I can't move my foot to far or else the muscles feel like they're pulling apart.

    • ANSWER:
      Charley Horse!

  26. QUESTION:
    I had a muscle cramp earlier while laying down and now my musle is swelled up on my left leg. my left calf?
    what should i do? its been a few hours and i've been limping around.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey man, I get those damn things all the time,, i hate it.. And some times they get so bad that i actually rip my mussels,, and it swells up.. I suggest that you take some ibuprofen or motrin,, and try and stay off it,, if you want to speed thing up you can try eating high protein foods like chicken or fish,, protein heals and helps build mussel..