If you’ve been sitting on your haunches for a while, your feet might tingle a bit as you get up. That’s because regular blood flow is being restored to the small vessels in your ankles and feet. As you walk a few steps, the “pins and needles” go away.

What if the pins and needles don’t go away? Well, Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm, board-certified podiatrist at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, wants you to know that it’s not normal for feet to tingle all the time. Our patients who come to us complaining of tingling feet will often complain of numbness as well. They might also say that they have burning feet.

No matter what words you use to describe these symptoms – numbness, tingling, or feet that feel like they’re on fire – if you’ve got them, we recommend you get your feet examined at our Fairfax County podiatry office.

The problem with burning feet

Feet that persistently burn, tingle, or feel numb can indicate any one of these serious problems:

  • Nerve damage – either from degenerative disease or trauma
  • Poor circulation – damage to blood vessels that prevents blood from flowing freely to your lower limbs.
  • Diabetes– uncontrolled high blood sugar – the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes – could be the underlying cause of nerve or blood vessel damage.
  • Thyroid disease
  • Obesity

Again, if you’ve spent a long day on your feet it’s normal for them to feel tired or even burn a little. But if the feeling doesn’t go away after you get some rest, we urge you to have Dr. Wilhelm figure out why. Contact us at our podiatry office in Centreville, Virginia at (703) 996-3000 for a thorough examination. You can also click here to make an appointment online.

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