Tingling feet usually occur after sitting cross-legged or kneeling for too long, and is normal. However, tingling can sometimes also indicate a serious medical condition.
Generally tingling occurs when a part of the body is burdened, so that there is an obstacle in the supply of blood to the nerves that lead to that part of the body. Understanding the causes of pins and needles can help us be able to be aware of various health conditions.
Health Conditions Underlying Tingling Feet
Tingling can be felt like prickling, burning, tingling or numbness. This usually only happens temporarily, and then disappears slowly, after the pressure has subsided. However, in some cases tingling can occur in the long term. The following are various underlying medical conditions:
Addicted to alcohol
Various systemic diseases
Nerve pinch syndrome
Vitamin deficiency or excess
The level of alcohol in the body can cause pins and needles for two reasons. First, there is nerve damage caused by alcoholism or alcoholic neuropathy. While the second reason, an alcoholic drink addict will experience deficiency of thiamine and other important vitamins in the body, resulting in peripheral neuropathy or peripheral nerve disorders characterized by chronic tingling symptoms.
Some systemic diseases (diseases that affect general body condition) can cause prolonged tingling or chronic feet. Hormone disorders such as hypothyroidism, or tumors in the nerves can be causative factors. In addition, kidney disorders, liver disease, and various blood diseases can also be a cause of chronic tingling.
Another medical condition that can cause peripheral neuropathy, which causes tingling feet, is pinched nerve syndrome. One of the nerve conditions that cause tingling foot complaints is herniation of the pulposus nucleus.
To help maintain nerve function and health, the body needs vitamins E, B1, B3 (niacin), B6, and B12. If the body is deficient or lacks of various vitamins above, it is not impossible to cause a variety of symptoms, one of which is tingling. For example when the body is deficient in vitamin B12, then what happens is pernicious anemia, which is one of the causes of peripheral neuropathy that should not be ignored. Meanwhile, excess certain vitamins can also cause tingling in the feet or hands. One that often causes tingling is excess vitamin B6.
The content of excessive toxins in the body also triggers chronic tingling, including in the leg area. Poisoning can be caused by various chemicals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic. In addition, certain drugs, antivirals, and antibiotics can also cause chronic tingling, including chemotherapy drugs for lung cancer.
In addition to the various conditions above, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy with tingling foot symptoms is diabetes. About 3 out of 10 people who suffer from peripheral neuropathy are usually caused by diabetes or called diabetic neuropathy. Usually, sufferers of this disease will experience numbness followed by tingling that often occurs on both legs and up to the arms.
Although most of the causes of tingling are caused by pressure and last a while, but there are also conditions that need to be aware of. If you feel pins and needles or pins and needles on other parts of the body that are more frequent or longer than usual, check with your doctor to determine the cause and to get the right treatment.