Tingling in our extremities can happen from something as simple as momentary lack of blood flow. However, constant tingling can mean something much more serious. Here are a few medical reasons for why your legs and feet might be tingling.

  1. Diabetes: Diabetes is one of the leading causes of random tingling or numbness in your feet (or hands.) If you have diabetes your nerves may be damaged causing parts of your body to feel like they’re not getting proper circulation. If you think this may be the reasoning behind your tingling, see a doctor right away to prevent your diabetes from getting worse.
  2. Vitamin Deficiencies: Having a healthy diet that incorporates all different vitamins and minerals is key. If your body is lacking severely in a certain vitamin, you may feel weak and tingly in your feet or hands. Always try to eat many different types of vegetables at least 3-4 times a week (if not more.)
  3. Infections: If you’ve been in a wooded area recently and notice that you feel tingling or numbness in your feet or hands, get checked for lyme disease. Another common infection that can cause tingling is shingles or herpes simplex.
  4. Herniated Disc/Dislocated Bone: If your nerves are compressed or crushed in any way, tingling can occur. If you were involved in any sort of accident that had a hard impact, get checked out to make sure you don’t have permanent nerve damage.
  5. Toxins: Something in your environment or your medication can be causing your nerve damage. If you can’t flush out the toxin fast enough the symptoms it causes can get worse and worse.

Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating patients for over eighteen years. If you have any questions call our Centreville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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