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5 Things You Need to Know About Leg Cramps

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5 Things You Need to Know About Leg Cramps
A woman runner clutches at her leg as she soothes a leg cramp. Photo Credit lzf/iStock/Getty Images

The biggest cause of leg cramps is a muscle spasm, also referred to as a charley horse. When a muscle is over-used or injured, it will involuntarily contract. The cause of that uncomfortable leg cramp could also be an overstretched or torn muscle. If one of your tendons -- that fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone -- becomes irritated, you could also experience leg cramps. In the very physically active, lower leg pain can also be caused by shin splints. Shin splints happen when the muscles that lift the foot become inflamed often due to an increase in workout intensity.

The biggest cause of leg cramps is a muscle spasm, also referred to as a charley horse. When a muscle is over-used or injured, it will involuntarily contract. The cause of that uncomfortable leg cramp could also be an overstretched or torn muscle. If one of your tendons -- that fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone -- becomes irritated, you could also experience leg cramps. In the very physically active, lower leg pain can also be caused by shin splints. Shin splints happen when the muscles that lift the foot become inflamed often due to an increase in workout intensity.

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