Got that tingling feeling? You’re not alone, as millions of Americans suffer from sensation problems in their lower legs and feet, at least from time to time. The causes can vary wildly, including everything from sitting cross-legged for a little too long all the way up to diabetes.
But on to the real question—what can you do about it? Treatment will of course depend on the precise cause, but there are lots of tips you can try to ease those tingling feet. Here are a few of ours:
- Elevated blood sugar levels damage nerves over time, a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, careful management of your condition is crucial to avoid this outcome.
- Avoid body positions that can pinch or trap a nerve. Rather than cross-legged, sit with both feet on the floor to improve blood flow. If you notice the tingling only occurs when you sit a certain way or after you perform a certain activity, it’s probably related to posture.
- Make sure you are eating a healthy, low-sugar diet with plenty of nutrients. Numbness and tingling can be related to vitamin deficiencies, so a daily supplement may be helpful.
- If you’re taking any regular medications, check with your doctor to see if there are any side effects that can cause tingling or numbness.
- Check to make sure your shoes are comfortable, supportive, and not too tight. Cramped toe boxes and high heels can cut your circulation, not to mention contribute to a whole host of other potential foot problems down the road.
- Go easy on the high-impact cardio. While exercise is great for getting your heart pumping and keeping your blood flowing, pounding the pavement with your feet every day can cause numbness and injury from overuse. Mix in cardio that’s easier on your feet, like swimming or cycling.