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December 28, 1984

Standing: A Good Remedy

JAMA. 1984;252(24):3367. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350240017022

To the Editor.—  In the July 6 issue of The Journal, Dr Paul Cutler1 answers the question of treatment of cramps in the legs and feet. His advice is excellent except in one instance. He states that relief is afforded by massage. In my experience, both personal and with patients, I have found that massaging the cramped muscles only aggravates the pain. I have also found that the most effective immediate treatment is to get out of bed and to stand firmly on the flat foot and press down as hard as possible. Performing this act in most circumstances relieves the cramp within a very short time. If necessary, and available, an application of hot compresses to the affected area also gives rapid relief.