Tingling Sensation In Feet: Causes And When To See A Doctor

Kidney failure can produce a tingling sensation in the feet, which is caused by high blood sugar and blood pressure.

Sambhav Kumar
Written by: Sambhav KumarUpdated at: Jan 31, 2023 16:34 IST
Tingling Sensation In Feet: Causes And When To See A Doctor

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Tingling sensation is a type of physical feeling that is often described as prickling, tingling, or numbness in the skin. Tingling sensation in feet can be caused by a variety of conditions, including nerve damage, lack of blood circulation, vitamin deficiencies, and diabetes. Other potential causes include alcohol or drug abuse, certain medications, and pressure on a nerve. Additionally, some medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders, can cause a tingling sensation in the feet. Diabetes is the most prevalent cause of peripheral neuropathy, which produces tingling in the feet. It is quite common in persons over the age of 60. To rule out health issues that could be causing your feet to tingle, your doctor will do a thorough physical exam followed by medical tests.

The following are some of the most prevalent health issues that produce tingling in the feet.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a common health issue induced by diabetes. It is a condition in which nerves are destroyed as a result of uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Diabetic neuropathy is characterised by persistent tingling in the feet. It has been reported that 10% to 20% of diabetic patients had peripheral neuropathy at the time of diagnosis. Furthermore, 26% of diabetics have peripheral neuropathy five years after diagnosis, rising to 41% after ten years.

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Some pregnant women may have tingling in their feet. As the uterus expands, it puts pressure on the nerves that go down the legs, causing a pinching and  needles prickling kind of sensation. Tingling induced by pregnancy, on the other hand, can be eased by resting on your feet, changing positions, and staying hydrated since it stimulates blood circulation. To rule out any other health issues, see a doctor if the tingling intensifies or is accompanied by weakness or swelling.

Vitamin Deficiencies

Vitamin deficiency can also result in pinching like sensations in the feet. It could be due to a poor diet deficient in important nutrients, or it could be related to an underlying health problem causing vitamin insufficiency. A deficit of Vitamin B complex is one of the most prevalent cause of tingling in the feet. Fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, feeling chilly in hands and feet are all common signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 insufficiency.

Pinched Nerve

People who have a pinched nerve notice a tingling sensation in their feet. It could be caused by pressure on the nerves in the back as a result of an injury or oedema. It can also produce symptoms including leg pain, increased or decreased sensation in the feet, and reduced movement. To identify a pinched nerve, tests that examine muscle activity, such as electromyography (EMG) or nerve conduction velocity, may be taken.

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Kidney Failure

Kidney failure can produce tingling in the feet, which is caused by high blood sugar and blood pressure. Diabetes and hypertension are two of the most prevalent causes of renal disease, which can lead to kidney failure if left untreated. Cramping or twitching in the muscles, muscle weakness, and discomfort and numbness in the feet are some of the usual signs and symptoms that your kidneys are at risk.


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