Leg Cramps Caused By Walking

What Causes Leg Cramps After Walking?

Leg cramps after walking can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose leg cramps after walking, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "leg cramps after walking" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Low Progesterone
  • EFA Need
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Vitamin D Need
  • Mineral Need
  • Atherosclerosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
severe shoulder tightness
low HDL cholesterol level
thin cracked heel calluses
hydrochloric acid supplementation
short-term memory failure
living at over 56° latitude
fatty food craving
long-term hypertension
no vitamin E supplementation
tender rear neck muscles
high pollution exposure
coffee consumption
... and more than 60 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of leg cramps after walking:
Cause Probability Status
Intermittent Claudication 95% Confirm
EFA Need 50% Possible
Vitamin D Need 19% Unlikely
Mineral Need 2% Ruled out
Low Progesterone 1% Ruled out
Atherosclerosis 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate muscle cramps/twitching or severe muscle cramps/twitching, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do your leg muscles cramp after walking, becoming better after rest?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, sometimes/moderately
→ Yes, often/severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of leg cramps after walking, leg cramps caused by walking or severe leg cramps caused by walking, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Intermittent Claudication

Atherosclerosis decreases the supply of blood and oxygen to the legs, causing people with intermittent claudication to experience leg pain after walking a certain distance.

Initial symptoms of intermittent claudication are pain, aching, cramping, or fatigue of the muscles in the lower limbs that develop during walking and are quickly relieved by rest.  Symptoms typically occur in the calf but may also be located in the foot, thigh, hip, or buttocks.  In more advanced stages, the painful symptoms are present even at rest and are worsened by elevating the legs.