The tingling foot pain can be an indication of a serious health condition or a precursor to long-term problems. Using high heels, injuries, circulatory diseases and diabetic neuropathies are some of the causes of tingling foot pain experienced as a “pins and needles”, tearing, burning or numbness.
Proper foot health is vital to overall well-being and suffering from excruciating pain can drastically affect daily activities. If an individual suffers from tingling foot pain, there are treatment measures that can be considered.
- The individual can uncross his/her legs or simply cross from ankle to knee instead of knee to knee while sitting. It is recommended to sit with both feet on the floor or in a raised position to promote better circulation.
- Ensure that comfortable shoes properly fit. Wearing tight shoes and those with high heels can cramp on the toes which cuts off circulation and leads to painful blisters, deformities and tingling sensation.
- It is recommended to select another type of aerobic workout. Running and other high-impact exercises in which the feet pound on hard surfaces can contribute to loss of sensation, tingling foot pain and even injuries such as greenstick fractures in the feet and legs.
- The thyroid levels should be checked. If the thyroid level is low, it creates various symptoms and sensations such as tingling foot pain and ‘pins and needles’ sensation. If the blood level is low, the doctor might prescribe thyroid medications.
- Ask the doctor regarding medications being used and their potential side effects. There are certain drugs that cause burning or tingling pain in the extremities. These are similar to peripheral neuropathies and must be replaced with medications that are less bothersome.
- The doctor will rule out gout, Raynaud’s syndrome, frostbite and inflammation while assessing for other issues that causes tingling foot pain. These diseases lead to poor circulation and the treatment usually involves increasing the flow of blood with medications, warmth and mild exercise.
- Include vitamin B complex in the diet especially inositol which is one of the B vitamins. In studies conducted, it was discovered that there was a marked improvement for neuropathies among those diagnosed with diabetes once high levels of inositol was added in the diet.
- Compression socks can be used to stimulate circulation. A doctor should be consulted first to ensure that this is suitable for the condition of the individual.
- Always keep the feet warm throughout the year. There are electric foot mats and foot-warming slippers available that can be used during cold weather.
Tips on dealing with tingling foot pain
The tingling foot pain can be an indication of a serious disease. If the pain could not be relieved with any of the measures stated, a doctor should be consulted.
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