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Nocturnal Leg Cramps Causes & Risks


Although the specific cause is unknown, these cramps may be related to imbalances in local muscle chemistry. Many activities and diseases are associated with nocturnal leg cramps:

Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chance of developing nocturnal leg cramps:

  • Age over 50
  • Overexertion
  • Pregnancy
  • Staying in certain positions for a long time
  • Flat feet or other foot or ankle deformities
  • Alcoholism
  • Neurologic diseases
  • Certain medications
  • The diseases mentioned above

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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