Ever feel like you’re on pins and needles? You’re not alone, but one of the many Americans who suffer from symptoms of paresthesia, a tingling or numbing sensation often present in feet and lower limbs. Tingling feet can range from mild to severe, from intermittent to constant, and can be caused by a wide range of both physical and medical factors.
The good news is that, if you seek help early, you can stand tough against tingling feet and relieve discomfort, manage or even reverse symptoms, and slow or halt progression of future problems.
In many cases, that tingling sensation may simply result from temporary pressure on the nerves associated with a specific posture or behavior. If you stand or sit cross-legged all day, or engage in certain repetitive motions, you may find feet and toes occasionally tingling or losing sensation. If you find the feeling goes away quickly after the pressure is relieved, and do not frequently return, this may be all you need.
However, other cases may be related to an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, neuropathy, peripheral artery disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or even as a side effect of certain medications. If you know or suspect you have such a condition, or you find tingling feet bothering you daily or accompanied by other symptoms such as itching, muscle spasms, dizziness, difficulty walking, or other problems, we urge you to visit Dr. Danciger for a full examination.
Treatment courses will vary depending on the cause—medications, orthotics, laser therapy, physical therapy, dietary modification, etc.—but regardless of why your feet are tingling, there is usually some combination of medical, physical, and/or lifestyle choices to help you eliminate pain, restore nerve health, and slow the progression of any chronic underlying disease as much as possible. The important thing is to be proactive—having a professional address your concerns now will give you the best chance at an ideal outcome.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Danciger at his Palm Desert, CA podiatry office, please fill out an appointment request form online, or give our office a call at 760-568-0108.