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What are effective ways to stop leg cramps in elderly individuals?

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Leg cramps can be particularly bothersome for seniors. Some of the most effective ways to help stop leg cramps in elderly individuals include:

• Gentle calf, hamstring and quad stretches before bed and throughout the day

• Applying heat packs or taking warm baths to relax muscles

• Gently massaging cramping muscles to increase blood flow

• Using topical creams containing menthol, eucalyptus or magnesium

• Staying hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of fluids daily

• Taking magnesium supplements to support muscle function

• Using compression stockings to improve circulation

• Sitting with legs elevated periodically throughout the day

• Regular, gentle exercise like walking, water aerobics or chair yoga

• Getting adequate potassium, calcium and vitamin D through diet or supplements

• Having medications reviewed, as some prescriptions can cause cramps

Treating the underlying muscle spasms along with lifestyle changes to support muscle and nerve health can help prevent recurrent cramping. See a doctor if leg cramps do not improve.

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