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Leg Cramping Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group -  - Vein Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group

Vein Specialist located in Beverly Grove & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, & Glendale, CA

You’ve probably experienced a Charley horse, or leg cramp, at some point in your life; they’re sudden, painful, and often debilitating. Serving Beverly Hills and the Greater Los Angeles area from office locations in Beverly Grove, Santa Monica, and Glendale, California, Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group treats underlying conditions that may cause leg cramping, such as vascular disease. Schedule your evaluation by phone or book online at Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group today.

Leg Cramping Q & A

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What is leg cramping?

Leg cramping is a symptom that could indicate many different conditions. Also called Charley horses, leg cramps commonly affect the muscles in the feet, calves, or thighs and involve sudden and painful muscle contractions that last for several seconds or minutes. 

On average, leg cramps last for almost 10 minutes but can leave lingering muscle tenderness for hours. A leg cramp can be excruciatingly painful and leave you immobile while it’s happening. 

What causes leg cramping?

Most leg cramps appear without warning or explanation. If they’re gone in a few moments, you probably don’t need to worry about taking any action or scheduling a doctor’s appointment. 

However, if you have leg cramps often, you should make an appointment to see if there’s an underlying condition to blame. 

Current research points to several possible causes of leg cramps. Medical conditions, nutritional factors, behaviors, and even medications can cause or contribute to leg cramping. You might have leg cramps due to:

  • Exercise
  • Nerve damage
  • Dehydration
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Cirrhosis
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Pregnancy
  • Vascular disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Medications (e.g. naproxen, iron sucrose)

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group specializes in managing vascular disease, one of the many possible causes of leg cramping. If you experience leg cramping, you should let the team know during your consultation. 

How can I manage leg cramping?

As a cramp is happening, you can do little to manage the pain as you wait for it to pass. However, you can massage the area, apply heat, and stretch the muscle in an attempt to ease your discomfort. 

If you have cramps often, it may help to keep track and see if you can identify any triggers, like performing particular exercises or drinking lots of alcohol. Avoiding those triggers enables you to avoid the pain of a cramp and the lingering tenderness that remains after it passes. 

If you experience leg cramping regularly, the team at Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group may be able to recommend treatments for the underlying cause. 

Medications are unlikely to prevent leg cramping effectively, but managing conditions contributing to leg cramps such as vascular disease may reduce the number of cramps you get or their frequency. 

The team can work with you to modify your diet, quit smoking, control stress, and take other steps to improve symptoms of vascular disease. By managing the underlying condition, you can experience fewer instances of painful leg cramping. 

If you’re interested in setting up an evaluation for leg cramping, call Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.