Suffering from Tingling in Feet
Tingling in the feet can be an uncomfortable and disruptive condition to have to suffer with. Many times tingling in the feet can feel like pins and needles. This is generally painless and similar to the sensation of the foot falling “asleep”. The pins and needles sensation is easily corrected by allowing blood flow to the affected area and reducing any pressure that may be restricting the nerves.
In other less common cases, tingling in the feet may be indicative of nerve damage. Nerve damage can arise from intense physical injuries, repetitive physical stress, infections, or disease such as diabetes or arthritis. If your tingling in the feet is constantly reoccurring it may be a good idea to talk to a medical professional.
Tingling in the feet can be a sign for concern. Many times if the tingling continues it may be due to several possible causes. Below is a general list of the causes of tingling of the feet.
Causes of Tingling in the Feet:
- Pressure on Nerves – Nerves become compressed and create pain and tingling
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome – Damage to the tibial nerve. Nerve provides movement and sensation to the calf and foot
- Vitamin Deficiency – Low levels of B12, B6, B1, and Vitamin E can lead to problems with nerves causing tingling
- Substance Abuse – Causes nerve damage with numbness and tingling
- Peripheral Artery Disease – Narrowing and hardening of arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet
- Injury – Injuries can cause pain and tingling if not properly treated
Some tips for Home remedies that may help to relieve uncomfortable numbness in the legs and feet include:
- Rest. Many of the conditions that cause leg and foot numbness, such as nerve pressure, improve with rest.
- Heat. Heat can sometimes help loosen stiff, sore, or tense muscles that can put pressure on nerves and cause numbness. However, avoid overheating numb legs and feet, as this may or worsen inflammation and cause pain and numbness.
- Massage. Massaging numb legs and feet helps improve blood flow and may reduce symptoms. A portable handheld massager is an ideal device for use it routinely and cost effectively.
- Exercise. A lack of proper exercise can weaken the heart and blood vessels, reducing their ability to pump blood to the lower limbs. Activities such as yoga, Pilates, and tai chi can promote blood flow and reduce chronic inflammation or pain.
- Ice. Ice can help reduce swelling that can put pressure on nerves. Apply cold compresses or wrapped icepacks to numb legs and feet for 15 minutes at a time several times daily.