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CRAMPS

Causes:
Cramp is a sudden, sharp pain, usually in your calf muscles or feet. It is most common at nights in the last three months. It occurs more often in hot weather and after physical activity when the muscles are tired. Wearing high heels, which tend to shorten the calf muscles can also be a factor.It usually helps if you pull your toes hard up towards your ankle or rub the muscle hard and gently massage it for a while.

Remedies:

  • Regular gentle feet exercise is helpful to avoid cramps.
  • To improve circulation, do ankle and leg movements 10 times each in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions.
  • Also do not exert yourself too much by standing or walking too long.
  • Avoid wearing high heels.
  • In hot weather, an increase in salt and calcium intake from foods like milk, leafy green vegetables, carrots, oranges etc, may help prevent cramps.
  • Increase your intake of potassium from food sources like banana, vegetables, milk, whole grain, fish and meat.

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