Here’s a weird question – Do your toes or feet feel as if they were static television? The tingling sensation in one’s toes and feet is possibly one of the most difficult feelings to describe. There are many different ways to characterize the tingling. Regardless, everyone seems to recognize and relate to the feeling because it is more common than you think.
This sensation is known as paresthesia; it can be mild, severe, or even chronic.
Although it may appear as if your body is malfunctioning for a few minutes, the reality is that the tingling sensation is caused by various factors. For example, often times, tingling feet are caused by pressure on the nerves. Crossing your legs or sitting on your foot for a prolonged period of time can trigger paresthesia. Fortunately, this feeling disappears once the pressure is relieved. In addition, hormone imbalance, poor blood circulation, autoimmune diseases, vitamin deficiencies and migraines play a role in inducing tingling feet. Unfortunately, tinging feet can sometimes be a symptom of more serious issues like diabetes and peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage).
Who Suffers From Tingling Feet?
About 20 million Americans have some form of peripheral neuropathy. If you know the feeling is solely temporary for you, then there is no reason to be alarmed. However, if the tingling sensation continuously occurs in your feet, you should consult a medical professional to see if there is an underlying condition or systemic disease that is causing the tingling.
Symptoms & Treatment
Some other symptoms that can accompany the tingling are pain, itching, dizziness, numbness, weakness, unconsciousness, rash, and loss of bladder or bowel control. If you experience any of these symptoms along with the tingling, consult a podiatrist as soon as possible. Treatments for tingling feet vary depending on the underlying cause. For example, if a lack of sufficient vitamin consumption is the issue, a vitamin supplement will be recommended. If it has to with diabetes, you will need to better control your blood-sugar levels.
Next time your feet start feeling like pins and needles are poking at them, analyze your situation and recognize whether or not it’s a serious problem and if you need to seek help. If not, momentarily enjoy losing your foot to the tingling sensation.
Podiatrist Dr. Dan Bhakta is a highly respected member of the podiatry community. Dr. Bhakta is the Founder and Director of Accent Podiatry Associates with two convenient locations in Arlington and Mansfield. He specializes in pediatric foot care, reconstructive surgery, sports injuries, limb salvage, and wound care; as well as peripheral nerve disease. Dr. Dan Bhakta has been named Top10MD 2016 | 2017. Only 1 in 3 doctors succeed with this recognition in the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bhakta or call 817.557.1006 today.