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Mineral deficiencies or imbalances (potassium and calcium)
Muscle fatigue from too much exercise or other overuse
Failure to stretch adequately before or after exercising
A thyroid condition may be a contributing factorTo relieve the pain during a cramp, stretch the leg and flex the foot, pointing or pulling the toes upward. Massaging the area is helpful as is applying heat or a cold pack that will help relax the cramping muscle.For prevention, if you exercise regularly, make sure to stretch before and after your workout and to allow time for warming up and cooling down. Be sure to eat a healthy and varied diet that is rich in potassium and calcium. Those are the minerals that are most frequently deficient when leg cramping occurs. You may want to take calcium or vitamin E supplements to ensure that you're getting enough in your diet. Other prevention techniques that may help include: - Drinking at least six to eight glasses of water each day, especially before, during and after exercise - Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees to keep nerves from being pinched - Stretching your legs for a few minutes before going to bed If leg cramps continue to plague you, talk to your doctor. Finding the source of the cramping is the quickest way to stopping them altogether.