What is it?

Leg cramps are involuntary, a sudden movement in the leg muscles, which makes them painful and tight. Typically, it happens in the calf muscles. It may be a result of medications such as statins, fatigue, exercise, and dehydration. It is more common in older people, athletes, obese people, and pregnant women. Underlying medical causes of leg cramps may include liver diseases.

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Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include staying hydrated, massages, stretching, using a heating pad or ice packs.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include blood tests and urine tests.

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