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The Mayo muscle cramp information sheet says: "Stretch the cramped muscle and gently rub the muscle to help it relax. For a calf cramp, put your weight on your cramped leg and bend your knee slightly. If you're unable to stand, try pulling your foot back toward your head while your leg is in a straightened position. This will also help ease a back thigh (hamstring) cramp. For a front thigh (quadriceps) cramp, use a chair to steady yourself and try pulling your foot on the side of the cramp up toward your buttock."