How to get rid of leg cramps: Eat these three foods to get fast relief.

George Morris physiotherapy Wigan.

How to get rid of leg cramps: Eat these three foods to get fast relief

HOW TO get rid of leg cramps is a question many people wish they knew the answer to when it happens. They are very common and usually harmless, lasting no more than a few minutes. One way to get one to go away is not do anything, but if you are looking for fast relief, there are three foods you can try eating.

Leg cramps happen when muscle suddenly shortens and becomes tight. This can be painful and make it hard for you to move, but in most cases a spasm will not last longer than 10 minutes.

The causes of leg cramps can range from exercise and putting too much strain on muscles to not drinking enough fluid.

Liver disease, ageing, medication for lowering cholesterol or high blood pressure and pregnancy are also possible causes.

Most cramps will go away without you doing anything, according to the NHS, but if you would prefer to do something to get fast relief, New York City podiatrist, Johanna Youner, recommends three foods you can try eating.

The first is apple cider vinegar, the second pickle juice, and the third is mustard.

Speaking to Bottom Line Inc, she explained: “These foods contain vinegar, which consists of acetic acid. This acid helps the body make acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that helps our muscles work. The more acetylcholine you have, the better your muscles function.

“Try dissolving two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in honey, or consume about three teaspoons of pickle juice or mustard (any type).

“These vinegar remedies work so well that athletes are known to pick up mustard packets from fast-food restaurants in order to get fast relief from foot cramps.”

The NHS states stretching and massaging the muscle can help to ease the pain. But it advises against paracetamol or ibuprofen.

It says: “Paracetamol or ibuprofen won’t help when cramp is happening astray take too long to work. They can help to ease muscle tenderness afterwards.”

Regular calf-stretching exercises may not completely prevent cramps, but they may help to reduce them.

But if you find leg cramps are disturbing your sleep and you also have numbness or swelling in your legs, you should see your GP.

Ask for an urgent appointment if you have cramps and they last longer than 10 minutes, and there is a chance you might have got a tetanus infection from a wound.

Your GP will examine you to find out the reason for your cramps, and may suggest treatment in the form of stretching exercises or quinine tablets, depending on the cause.

Another uncomfortable problem that can occur in the legs is deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

DVT usually occurs in a deep leg vein that runs through the muscles of the calf and the thigh.

As a result a person may experience pain and swelling in their leg, and it may lead to complications such as pulmonary embolism.

Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in a blood vessel in the lungs, and this can cause shortness of breath and chest pain. In severe cases this can be fatal.

The condition is caused when you’re inactive and blood collects in the lower parts of the body, often the lower legs. Examples where this can happen include long journeys, such as flying on a plane, or after an operation.

In some cases there may be no symptoms of DVT. But if they do occur, the NHS lists four signs to look out for.

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