What should you do when you get a leg cramp?

sport man knee injuryWe all know how a leg cramp feels. It can start when you’re working out, walking, or sometimes even sleeping. The tight, painful feeling comes on fast and hard, and it feels like someone is tying your muscle in a knot and pulling it tighter and tighter. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to stop a muscle cramp. You just have to wait until it’s over.

Muscle cramps occur when a muscle is strained or stuck in one position for too long. Sometimes they are caused by dehydration, nerve compression, or inadequate blood supply. Sometimes, they just happen. Cramps are more common if you are older, dehydrated, pregnant, or have a medical condition like diabetes, a liver or a thyroid disorder, nerve issues, restless leg syndrome, or venous insufficiency.

If you have varicose veins, you may be more likely to suffer from muscle cramps, especially in the areas near the vein. Usually, muscle cramps are not a big deal, but if you notice that they continually happen in the same place, and there is redness or swelling in that spot, schedule an appointment at Precision Vein Therapeutics. During your visit, we do an ultrasound to see if there is an underlying vein issue that may be contributing to the problem.

If you want to avoid muscle cramps, here are a few things you can do :

  • Stay hydrated
  • Make sure that you are getting adequate nutrients through your diet, especially potassium, calcium, and magnesium
  • Stretch
  • Keep active
  • Use compression wear

What can you do when a muscle cramp strikes? Here’s how you can make it through. First, take some deep breaths. They will help you manage the pain. Then, slowly try to stretch the affected area or lightly massage it. Try walking hunched over like you are pushing a shopping cart. This motion can help reduce the pressure on your leg. Eventually, the cramp will pass. When it’s over, drink plenty of water, eat a banana (they are a great source of potassium), and keep massaging the area. Next, try some deeper stretches, or use a foam roller to loosen up the muscle and prevent tightening.

Muscle cramps are painful and annoying because they can strike at any time. If you want to avoid these painful episodes, get your legs checked for underlying circulatory issues. Proper circulation is key to helping your muscles perform and recover after exercise.

Three things your vein doctor will always ask you about

?????????????????????????????????????????At Precision Vein Therapeutics, our doctors specialize in vein health issues. We’ve seen every type of varicose vein, spider vein, or vein ulcer you can imagine. Our expertise has helped us to deliver fantastic results for many of our patients.

To do our job correctly, we need to coordinate care with your family physician, or at least have a detailed look at your medical history. Here are a few things we review:

  • Your overall health. Our treatments are easy to recover from and minimally invasive. Most of our treatments are considered cosmetic and don’t require a referral. But we still need to be aware of any chronic health or underlying conditions that may affect your treatment and recovery. We may request access to your medical history or need to coordinate your care with your medical team.
  • Any medications you may be taking. You or your family physician must provide us with a detailed inventory of any medications or supplements you’re taking. We want to make sure that nothing will interact with your treatment or pain medication. In addition, if you choose to use anesthesia for your treatments, we will need to consult your medical history and medical team to make sure that it’s appropriate for your health.
  • Follow-up care instructions. Many of our vein treatments require multiple sessions. At each appointment, we monitor your progress and provide after-care instructions and follow-up. Usually, this includes wearing compression stockings and increasing your exercise. Increasing your physical activity will help prevent future vein issues and help to relieve the discomfort of recovery. We usually recommend walking and other light cardiovascular activities while you are recovering. As you progress in your treatment, it may be wise to monitor your weight and diet to prevent future vein issues. Obesity and lack of exercise can increase the risk of varicose veins or spider veins. You may choose to coordinate your follow-up care and any lifestyle changes with your family practitioner. They can recommend options designed for your body’s unique needs and help you stay safe and healthy.

We are experts in the vascular system and vein health problems as vein health specialists, but we are also medical doctors. So we know how important a well-rounded medical team, including a family physician, can be to your overall health. Good communication among your medical team can help you stay healthy and prevent significant medical issues. If you have any concerns or questions about your vein treatment, feel free to ask us.