Hello, I am Dr. Gemma Newman, and I am a GP and broadcaster. And today, I would like to help you with a few top tips to improve your health. I would like to talk to you today about how to get rid of leg cramps. And firstly, I would ask as to why the leg cramps happen. Well, leg cramps are due to the spam in the muscles and often, we don't really know why that happens though it gets much more common when you get older. And it's around about half the people who are over the age of eighty who can get cramps much more regularly. They tend to occur more in the calves and the feet. And also they are much more common at rest although they can occur any time. Sometimes, there is an underlying medical reason why you are getting leg cramps. So, if you have any additional symptoms, it's worth seeing your GP about this. Other reasons why you may have leg cramps include firewood problems or salt imbalances, certain medications, diabetes or something else like firewood problems. Okay, if you have no other symptoms, the chances are normal simple leg cramps. So what do we do about them, well, my best advice is to give yourself an immediate stretch of the muscle. This tends to improve the symptoms almost instantaneously. Now, calf stretch is also quite useful so if you are getting your cramps in your calf, I would suggest forward from standing, pushing against a wall with your feet flat on the floor. If you do this, I am hoping that your leg cramps will improve. If you are getting a cramp in your foot, then what you must do is to push the foot back through the pain and then hopefully that would ease the cramp straight away. There is not much point taking pain killers for the leg cramps because they come on so quickly. And by the time the pain killer has worked, the cramp would have eased off. Having said that, some people find that parasites are more useful for any kind of muscle strains or muscle aches after leg cramps. I would also suggest if it is particularly severe, to go back and see you doctor. There are also medications that you can take for leg cramps. Quinones is an example, however if you do need to take Quinones for regular leg cramps, I would advice you to stop it at least every three months to see if you need it. Because there are certain side effects, some are serious. I hope that has been useful and I hope that your leg cramps disappear soon.
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