What can cause cramps in legs?

There are numerous causes of leg cramping.  One cause is PAD- Peripheral Arterial Disease.  This disease results in a decrease in blood flow to the muscles thereby restricting oxygen and nutrients from getting into the muscle cells and can cause cramps.


Another cause can be overuse of the muscles during walking, standing and exercise.  As the muscles become strained during activity, they remain warm and usually do not cramp.  When you rest, the muscle shortens and certain movement can cause cramping.


Another cause can be from nerve compression.  The large nerve behind the knee, the tibial nerve, can become compressed by the calf muscles, when one is standing, walking or other activities, and can cause cramping in the leg or foot.


To determine what the cause of your cramping is, visit Harvey R. Danciger, DPM in Palm Desert, California.  Phone (760) 568-0108

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle