Cramp FAQs:

Q: Is cramp a sudden, and involuntary muscle contraction or over-shortening?

A: Yes, while generally temporary and non-damaging, they can cause mild-to-excruciating pain, and a paralysis-like immobility of the affected muscle. Onset is usually sudden, and it resolves on its own over a period of several seconds, minutes, or hours.

Q: Are cramps involuntary muscle contractions that occur in the calves?

A: Yes, and soles of the feet, or other muscles in the body during the night or while resting.

Q: Is cramp in the calf muscle?

A: Yes, and pulling the big toe gently backwards will stretch the muscle and, in some cases, cause almost immediate relief.

Q: Are cramps unclear?

A: Yes.

Q: Are cramps more common in older people?

A: Yes.

Q: Are cramps cardiovascular disease?

A: Yes, and hemodialysis, cirrhosis, pregnancy, and lumbar canal stenosis.

Q: Are cramps variable with cramps lasting anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes?

A: Yes.

Q: Are cramps likely to endure extreme muscle pain?

A: Yes, and may be unable to use the entire limb that contains the "locked-up" muscle group.