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Tingling Feet? Learn the Causes and Know the Remedies

Blue Ridge Region / 12 Sep 2022

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by EmergeOrtho
Tingling Feet? Learn the Causes and Know the Remedies

Some describe it as tingling feet. Others as “pins-and-needles.” And still others say “my foot is asleep.” In the medical field, it is called paresthesia.

Tingling feet is a common sensation caused by pressure on a nerve, often right after you sit for long periods in one position or cross your legs for an extended period of time. This condition can sometimes be resolved by altering your position and relieving the pressure. If the tingling does not immediately stop–and is accompanied by feelings of numbness, weakness, cold, burning, and/or itching–there may be other underlying causes to these symptoms. Some conditions may be resolved at-home, while other causes may require treatment from a professional healthcare provider.

Short-Term Feet Tingling: CAUSES

If the tingling feeling in your foot is not resolved by changing your current position, or if the tingling sensation returns periodically, there may be other underlying reasons, including:

  • Tight or poorly-fitting shoes
  • Poor, sustained standing and sitting posture
  • Injury
  • Exposure to cold
  • Pressure on a nerve
  • Alcohol consumption

Modifying any or some of these issues may reduce or relieve the pins-and-needles sensation. There are also a number of home remedies known to alleviate the uncomfortable tingling sensation.

 Image of person lying on a massage pad receiving a foot massage with candles in the background

Short-Term Feet Tingling: REMEDIES

For temporary tingling sensations, you can soothe the discomfort by taking these at-home preventative measures:

  • Massage
    • Massages have shown to reduce the tingling feeling in feet. A low pressure massage of the affected area of your foot can reduce compression on the nerves, stimulate the nerves, increase blood circulation, and help the nerves operate more efficiently.
  • Ant-Inflammatory Oil Treatments
    • Massaging with essential oils can help reduce nerve pain and repair nerve damage. Lavender oil is especially noted for its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Regular soft massaging with lavender or other essential oils, like almond, coconut or jojoba, can help restore nerve function and alleviate that tingling feeling.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Known as a highly-effective anti-inflammatory at-home remedy, store-bought unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar is full of acetic acid and important nutrients that can speed the recovery process and help restore nerve health in your feet. Soak your feet in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water to optimize the benefits.
  • Warm Compress
    • Warm compresses are a convenient, simple way to get relief from tingling in your feet. Apply a warm, soft cloth to the affected area of your foot. The compress will increase blood circulation and help make the nerves in your feet function better.
  • Epsom Salt
    • An often used household pain remedy, Epsom salt’s high magnesium content can help reduce inflammation in your feet. Soaking in warm water and Epsom salt can relieve the pressure on the nerves that cause the tingling sensation.

When to See A Doctor to Check Your Tingling Feet

People with constant and chronic tingling feet should seek medical attention. When home remedies have failed to reduce or eliminate the discomfort, the tingling may be a sign of a more serious problem. A simple visit to a specialist could help you get a more precise diagnosis and the start to an effective treatment plan.

You should consider seeing a physician if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain does not go away after home treatments
  • Pain continues to get worse
  • Numbness or weakness accompanies pain
  • Pale or reddened skin near the foot
  • Feet deformity
  • Lack of reflexes
  • Fungal infection
  • Burning sensation spreading to the legs
  • Difficulty walking

Trained physicians can help determine if there are any underlying conditions causing the tingling and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Long-Term Feet Tingling: CAUSES

Continued or chronic tingling in your feet could be a sign of nerve damage from any of a number of causes, which your health care provider can diagnose. In addition to an extensive exam, family history review and blood tests, specialists can apply technical diagnostic tools such as MRIs, CT scans or advanced-grade nerve studies to help pinpoint the root cause of the pain. Some of the possible causes of feet tingling a health care provider can diagnose include:

Short Term Conditions:

  • Pregnancy-related pressure on the leg nerves
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Medication side effects
  • Pinched nerves
  • Toxin exposure
  • Hyperventilation

Chronic Conditions:

  • Diabetes and diabetic neuropathy
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS)
  • Kidney failure
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Infections
  • Alcohol use disorder and alcoholic neuropathy

Long-term Feet Tingling: REMEDIES

An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from tingling feet. When home remedies do not work, and the pain and inflammation impact your daily activities, it may be time to consult an expert. The foot is a complex part of the anatomy. Working with an orthopedic foot specialist, you can get an accurate diagnosis of your condition and begin a personalized treatment plan to expedite your recovery. Specialists can use physical therapies, meds, dietary changes and supplementation, lifestyle changes and more to help you get the relief you need and deserve.

EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region is home to an experienced team of board-certified orthopedic specialists dedicated to treating foot conditions. Our specialists, state-of-the-art diagnostics and highly-personalized treatment plans are designed to give you all the tools you need to: Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.

Schedule an appointment or call us to speak with an EmergeOrtho-Blue Ridge Region team member.

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