Parish Nurse Health Tips for August 14, 2016

Parish Nurse Health Tips 08-14-16

The weather has been beautiful with just enough temperature variation to keep us from complaining and many have shared all the projects and activities they have been doing in the summertime before school and work schedules get back to the “usual” routines.

I shared last week about caring for your feet and shoe shopping.  This week another topic that has been shared with me is “Why do I get leg cramps?”  and “What can I do to lessen them so I can sleep?”

In my resources I found some simple facts and tips about leg cramps:

💃 Leg cramps most commonly affect the calf muscle.

💃 Leg cramps typically only last a few minutes, but the pain can last for 24 hours.

💃 Older people and pregnant women are more prone to leg cramps than others.

💃 Most often, leg cramps are no cause for concern and have no medical significance.

💃 Dehydration, flat feet and alcohol consumption are potential factors involved in leg cramps.

💃 If stretching does not help, some doctors advise taking quinine.

💃 Propping  your toes when you sleep can help prevent cramps.

💃 When diagnosing leg cramps, a doctor will rule out other more serious conditions first.

💃 Some medications can increase the likelihood of cramps

The important thing for you to consider is making sure there are no underlying health issues that could be sending you signals about needing treatment.  Consult your care provider about “Charlie horse symptoms” and frequent let cramps before you take any home remedies to be sure you are not ignoring something serious.

Walking programs help you exercise the legs to maintain strength and conditioning.  Remember our gym is open  from 9:05-10:05 am most days during school year to walk, pray, and fellowship with others who are walking.  It would be great to see you join the faithful few.

See me if I can help you with any more information about leg cramps.

Walk with faith and share your concerns in prayer with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church and School