Help!! Painful cramp. I was playing soccer today, and five minutes after kick-off I had to leave the game due to a strong cramp (or so I thought) in my calf; this is quite unusual: I've played twice a week for about four years without a single cramp). The problem is, it has been five hours since that, and I still feel a lot of pain when trying to walk. I haven't had a cramp in a very long time, but this does not feel right. I will appreciate any advice about what to do, or what to expect. Should I go to the doctor? put it on ice? keep it warm? move it? immobilize it? relax it? keep it tense? take some pain killers? I have heard every option.