10 Leg Cramps Symptoms

By adele
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Leg cramps are a painful, involuntary contraction of the muscles in the legs, thighs or feet. These contractions usually only last for a few seconds or minutes, but they can cause soreness that lasts for 24 hours or more.

Leg cramps can be caused by various factors, including dehydration, strain on a particular muscle for a long period of time and underlying medical conditions. Many people experience them at night, and three out of four cases occur during sleep.1‘Leg Cramps Causes and Treatment.’ NHS, 2 April 2021, www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/muscle-bone-and-joints/conditions/leg-cramps Symptoms of leg cramps are diverse, although they usually don't require medical attention unless the pain persists for several days.

Sudden, Sharp Pain

Leg cramps come with a sharp, tight pain. This pain typically originates from a sudden contraction of the calf muscle. Involuntary contractions in the thigh or feet are also possible, but they're less common.2‘Leg Cramps.’ NHS, 16 Dec. 2020, www.nhs.uk/conditions/leg-cramps

The sharp pain is usually very intense, making the individual temporarily unable to use their leg or foot until the pain passes. Sometimes after a leg cramp, individuals may experience a throbbing or burning sensation that occurs right after the contraction. Fortunately, the initial pain and any resulting uncomfortable sensations don't usually last very long.

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