Thanks for the info given.
The exact cause of night foot cramps isn't known.Common causes are: low potassium levels, muscle overextension,prolonged sitting, dehydration, diabetes, neuro muscular disorders,elderly age,excessive alcohol,peripheral vascular disease. This foot cramps is very common at elderly age.
Following helps to relieve the night foot/leg cramps:Stretching and massaging the affected muscle,applying a cold pack to the affected muscle,taking a hot bath,using a pillow to prop the feet up in bed while sleeping on your back,supplementation with vitamin B12 & gabapentin.Also take potassium supplements.
There is another effective treatment that can help, and that is quinine
bisulphate.This is available on prescription from your doctor in tablet form. Taking one tablet a night for a week or so appears to abolish the foot cramps in most people.
If you have a major discomfort,then I advice you to consult your doctor as you may need prescription medications accordingly.
Please feel free to ask if you have any other question.
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