Prickly, shivery, ringing and stinging are all ways to describe that tingling sensation anywhere in your body that you just want to shake off. “Pins and needles” is a good one, too. You might experience tingling in your feet if you’ve just gotten up from sitting on your knees for a while or if you’ve slept in an awkward position. That’s normal. But if walking around for a minute doesn’t relieve the sensation and your feet tingle pretty consistently, it’s time to make an appointment with us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland.
To figure out the cause of your tingling feet, Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann – our expert podiatrists – will perform a complete examination and medical history. If you’re able to identify where the tingling seems to be coming from, it will help them diagnose the cause. Some causes of tingly feet include
- Neuroma -we’ll strongly suspect that you have a neuroma if you report tingling and numbness at the base of your third or fourth toe or in your forefoot. A neuroma is a thickening of the nerves often afflicting women who wear high heels a lot. Runners are susceptible to neuromas as well.
- Medications may cause tingling in your limbs; check with your doctor to see if a change of meds would help.
- Nerve damage can occur from overuse, injury, or the presence of an underlying disease such as diabetes. Nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common effects of diabetes on the human body. It can become quite debilitating and may become permanent if it’s not treated.
- Vitamin deficiency, particularly B12.
- Alcoholism – abusers of alcohol whose diet is poor can develop the vitamin deficiencies that cause nerve damage. The effects of alcohol itself can also cause nerve damage, a condition we call alcoholic neuropathy.
Tingling in your feet has other causes, too, such as autoimmune disease, hormone imbalance, infections like Lyme disease, environmental toxins, and more. If your tingling is temporary, it’s nothing to worry about. Persistent tingling, even if it comes and goes, may indicate a serious health problem and should prompt a call to us at our office in Solon, OH at (440) 903-1041.