A charley horse is another term for a muscle spasm or cramp in the leg, typically in the calf muscle.
Charley horses can affect any muscle, but the most common places include the leg and foot muscles. The sudden tightening or contracting sensation, often described as “knotting,” can last a few seconds to several hours. Sometimes you can see the muscles contracting.
The most common causes of charley horses include:
The quickest methods to relieve cramped muscles include:
The most effective ways to prevent charley horses include: