How to Reverse Tingling in Feet
A tingling sensation in your feet can be the result of a variety of disorders and medical problems. It could also be the result of something as simple as an uncomfortable position. If your tingling feet are keeping you up at night, disrupting your day or otherwise affecting your quality of life, it's important to take steps to reverse the tingling sensation so you can assume your daily schedule. Small changes may be just as effective in treating tingling feet as prescription solutions.
Change positions. A tingling in the feet could simply be the result of an uncomfortable position that limits blood flow to the feet. Sitting with your legs crossed, sitting on your feet or sleeping in a strange position can make your feet feel numb or tingling. If this is the case, changing your position to allow your feet better blood flow is necessary. Stretch your legs and feet, or stand up to regain normal blood flow.
Abstain from drinking caffeine, especially near bedtime. Tingling feet can be the cause of Restless Leg Syndrome, where the feet and calves feel tingly and crawling unless they are in motion 1. MayoClinic.com notes that caffeine can exacerbate the jittery, tingling feelings in your feet, especially around bedtime. Try switching to decaf or drinking warm milk before bed instead.
Apply a heat compress or heat bad to your feet to see if it relieves your tingling sensation, suggests the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 2. If your tingling feeling is the result of nerve damage or arthritis, heat can sometimes soothe the side effects of that damage. Keep the heat pad on a low setting, and never go to sleep with a heat pad plugged in. If you want nighttime comfort, try a heated rice sock that you warm in the microwave instead.
Massage your feet if you feel a tingling sensation, suggests the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute 3. It can help stimulate blood flow and circulation so your feet don't feel so prickly.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor if lifestyle changes don't affect your tingling feet. You may need prescription medication to help calm the sensations in your feet. The tingling sensation may also be the sign of a serious underlying medical issue, including arthritis, diabetes, stroke, hypothyroidism and even seizures, notes Medline Plus 4. Your doctor may need to screen you for a serious illness to explain and treat your tingling feet.
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