Tingling, or in medical terms called paresthesias, is generally characterized by numbness or numbness accompanied by a needle-like sensation. This condition can occur anywhere on the body, but is most common in the hands and feet. Feet Tingling generally occurs when one part of the body is burdened, resulting in an obstruction of the blood supply to the nerves that lead to that part of the body. Tingling is characterized by a feeling like prickling, burning, digging, even numbness in one or both feet. But usually, this condition will last for a while and disappear slowly.
Cause of temporary tingling
Temporary tingling occurs due to pressure in certain body parts for a long time. This causes blood flow to the nerves to be blocked, resulting in tingling. The following are some conditions that can cause temporary tingling:
- Sitting cross-legged for a long time
- Using shoes that are too small
- Wrong sleeping position, for example head on arm
- Frostbite (cold inflammation)
- Nerve injury
Because it is temporary, this condition can subside on its own when there is no more pressure on the body part. For example, you can straighten your legs after sitting cross-legged. Thus, the blood flow will return smoothly. Another cause of temporary tingling is Raynaud's syndrome. This syndrome can affect the blood supply to certain areas of the body, especially the tips of the fingers and toes.
Diseases to Watch Out for
The tingling will go away in a short time, after blood flow returns to normal. But sometimes, tingling can occur in a longer period of time which is a sign of certain diseases.
- Pinched nerve syndrome is also included in the list of diseases that often cause leg tingling. One of the pinched nerves that triggers numbness and tingling in the legs is a herniated nucleus pulposus.
- Tingling in the legs can be a sign of a systemic disease, which is a disease that affects the general condition of the body. Usually, the tingling that occurs due to this disease lasts a long time and is chronic.
- Diabetes is one of the most well-known causes of tingling. The reason is, tingling feet are often identified as an early symptom of this disease. Usually, people with diabetes will experience numbness followed by tingling that often occurs in both legs and up to the arms.
- Poisoning, tingling in the legs can also be a sign that there is a pile of toxins in the body. There are many things that can cause poisoning in the body. Starting from poisoning caused by various chemicals or exposure to certain substances. Tingling in the legs can also occur due to the consumption of certain types of drugs.
If you often feel tingling and prolonged, convey your complaints to the doctor. The doctor will take your medical history and perform a physical examination and investigations to determine the cause.
Several types of investigations that can be performed are blood tests, electromyogram (EMG) tests, cerebrospinal fluid examination, MRI, and biopsy. After the diagnosis is established, the doctor can determine the best treatment according to the cause of the tingling you are experiencing. For example, if the tingling is caused by diabetes, you are advised to always adopt a healthy diet and take certain medications to control blood sugar levels.