Middle of the night leg cramps

Occasionally I get a charley horse in one of my legs in the middle of the night while sleeping. One time I got one in each calf. Wow, ouch!

Over the past few nights I have woken up in the middle of the night twice with a charley horse in my left leg.

According to WebMD, a charley horse is a cramp, particularly in the calf muscles, caused by muscle spasms, involuntary contractions of one or more muscles.

For me the cramps and muscles spasms are terribly painful. I used to try to massage them out.

Years ago I learned a tip that if you can stand on your feet the cramps will go away immediately. It’s true. But to get out of bed and stand up takes a lot of might and strength. But once I step my feet to the floor the cramps and spasms completely disappear.

I’ve heard a variety of reasons why I could get them. Such as dehydration or potassium deficiency. Many more possible causes are listed in the WebMD article.

According the MedLine Plus, when a muscle goes into spasm it feels very tight. It is sometimes described as a knot. The pain can be … Continue reading

Foot cramps are cramping my style

I get a lot of foot cramps. I have high arches and I blame the arches on my feet cramping up.

According to eHow.com, People with high arches are more likely to get leg cramps while sleeping. they will also have pain in the calf, knee and hip.

Hmm, does that mean my arches cause foot cramps? I can’t seem to find anything that directly says this is so. Maybe I am just a person who gets a lot of foot cramps. But high arches seem to cause some other issues.

I do get a lot of Charley horses in the middle of the night. Man, those hurt. According to Wikipedia, a Charley horse is painful spasms or cramps in the leg muscles, typically lasting anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours.

If I get one while sleeping I force myself to get out of bed and stand up. It is gone instantly.

My feet were cramping a lot in body conditioning on Thursday night. We were doing a lot of squats and lunges, which was putting pressure on the feet, toes and arches.

According to this Livestrong article, endurance forms of exercise are more likely to … Continue reading