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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 23, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Diabetes   Ankle Sprains   Bunions   Alcoholism   Shoes  

We’re all familiar with the sensation of “pins and needles” in our feet and it’s not uncommon to have your foot “fall asleep” when you keep it in an unusual position for too long. But, what does it mean if you have this sensation frequently, regardless of the position of your foot? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we see patients with numbness or tingling in the feet that can come from a number of different sources.

Neuropathy—one of the most common causes of burning, tingly or numbness in the feet is nerve damage, also known as neuropathy. Neuropathy is frequently associated with diabetes but can also be caused by chemotherapy, alcoholism, injuries, and infections.

Footwear—your shoes may be too tight. Did you know that by some estimates 90% of the population is wearing shoes that are too small for their feet? Feet can increase in size as you age. Get your foot professionally measured and look for shoes with roomy toe boxes made out of soft, giving materials. If you feel the tingling sensation on just the top of your foot, try loosening your laces a bit.

Bunions—as the big toe moves out of place and begins to press on the second toe, nerves can get compressed. This pressure then causes the feeling of tingling in your forefoot and toes.

Herniated disc—sometimes, sensations in your feet are caused not by a podiatric problem but rather an issue with your back. A herniated disc could be compressing nerves that run down into your feet. Additional signs that this may be the source of your odd foot sensations would most likely include lower back pain and weakness.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome—you’ve most likely heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which occurs when nerves in your wrist are compressed and irritated. Tarsal Tunnel is similar only it happens when nerves in the tarsal tunnel—located in a space on the inside of your ankle—get compressed. This condition can be associated with an ankle sprain.

Obviously, each of these different causes of numbness or tingling in your feet would require different treatments to correct. If you are experiencing any ongoing unusual sensations in your feet, it’s time to contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction, NJ office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will conduct a complete examination of your feet and ankles and also order any necessary imaging or lab tests to accurately diagnose the source of your tingling. 

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