What can cause leg cramps?

Leg cramps, those painful, debilitating muscle spasms in the calf area, can be a symptom from different causes.  One cause can be from PAD or Peripheral Arterial Disease.  This is when there is not enough blood getting to the muscles causing them to cramp, usually during exercise, but can also occur at rest.  Another cause can be functional, by that I mean; when you stand and walk, your feet and legs move more than they should causing increase stress to the muscles, similar to exercising.  When you are resting or sleeping, the muscles can cramp and wake you up.

The treatment for this problem depends on the cause, so the first step is finding out what why you are getting the cramps. Call (760) 568-0108 to schedule your appointment now and be on the road to recovery.

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