Leg cramps are annoying and quite painful. Especially when you're sleeping and wake up with the sensation that you've been stabbed in the leg with a knife (these are known as nocturnal leg cramps).
Leg cramps are also common when exercising or stretching. A leg cramp is defined by a painful contraction, spasm, or tightness of the muscle, also known as a charley horse.
So, how can you get rid of leg cramps? It takes some trial and error.
Attack leg cramps in the following order to stop them immediately.
How to Treat Leg Cramps Leg cramps can be relieved quickly.
Step 1: To relieve leg cramps, begin by massaging the area where you feel the cramping the most, either by rubbing or by digging your knuckles in and gently twisting away the pain.
Step 2: Pinch the area repeatedly with the thumb and pointer finger while counting to three. Squeeze and pinch the area with all of your fingers gradually.
Step 3: Point and flex the cramping leg's foot while digging your fingers into the pain with both hands.
Step 4: If you have a nighttime leg cramp in bed, swing your legs over the side of the bed and press both feet into the floor, forcing blood into the area of the spasm.
Step 5: You may only need to stand up and put weight on it, but take care not to fall. Hold on to a chair or remain close to the bed. Bend and straighten your knee slightly.
Step 6: If possible, begin a slow walk near the bed for support.
Step 7: Many of my more experienced exercisers have told me how they used to be able to buy quinine pills to stop and prevent leg cramps. However, the FDA has advised against taking quinine pills for cramps, so instead, buy a few pints of tonic water (avoid mixing with gin or vodka) and take a few swigs.
Step 8: Consume half a banana, which contains potassium and calcium. As we'll see later, one of the possible causes of cramps is a lack of nutrients.
Step 9: If the leg cramp persists, apply a heating pad or a warm moist towel to the affected area.