Tingling or pins and needles in your feet and ankles are not uncommon. Usually if the pins and needles are caused by something minor (such as sitting with your feet crossed for too long) the pain is temporary and will go away pretty quickly. However, if you are dealing with a deeper issue – diabetes, nerve damage, or chronic poor circulation, the tingling may not be as predictable or easy to get rid of. Here are a few things you can do to either get rid of the tingling or prevent it from occurring in the first place.

  1. Switch Exercises – If you’re a runner or are on your feet doing exercises that require your feet to constantly hit the ground, try changing to something that is easier on your feet. Overuse of your feet may be contributing to the unwanted tingling sensation.
  2. Check your Thyroid Levels – Having a thyroid issue is actually very common. A thyroid level that is too low can be the reason behind a lot of symptoms including tingling, pins and needles, and even coldness. If you notice that you are seeing these symptoms a lot, make an appointment with your doctor to get treatment right away.
  3. Eat more vitamin B – It’s easy enough to take vitamin B pills, but the best way is to add more natural vitamin B to your diet. Vitamins that are naturally present in food are much more easily absorbed into the body. Some foods to consider are salmon, asparagus, bell peppers, beets and generally all dark leafy greens.
  4. Compression Socks – Compression socks are designed to help improve circulation in your legs, feet and ankles. Try using them for a few days and see if there is any improvement. If it seems like your tingling is still present, make an appointment with your doctor to rule out any serious conditions.
  5. Buy Better Shoes – Shoes that are too narrow for your feet will cause your feet to have many problems over time. Your unwanted tingling may disappear if you change your shoes to something much more comfortable.

If you have any tingling, numbness, or pain in your feet or ankles, contact us at Clifton Foot and Ankle Center in Centreville, VA. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm has been treating patients with various foot or ankle ailments for over eighteen years. You can call us at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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