Something “creeping” in your foot? Numbness in foot is very disturbing and may be scary for some people. One possible reason is when you have unintentionally pressed on them which may prevent oxygen flow. However, there are some causes of foot numbing that you should also consider which may be due to peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a general term involving numbness in any body parts including the feet.
What causes feet numbing?
Spinal cord damage. This is common among people who have recently lifted heavy objects. The gel like cushion in the lumbar area may have slipped out, causing the nerves to get irritated. Therefore, you will feel tingling and numbness in the feet.
Diabetic neuropathy is also a possible cause. When you feel tingling and creeping sensation in our legs up to the feet, it may be due to increased sugar level in the blood. Have your glucose level checked if you also have other symptoms like slow healing wounds, frequent dizziness or fatigue.
Trauma in the arteries can also lead to numbness. If your legs and feet do not receive sufficient oxygen, you might experience numbness. If you recently had an injury in the legs, it is important to have it scanned either by an X ray or through CT scan.
Lastly, numbness of a foot symptom may be due to neurological disorder which may have started from the drain. Classic examples of such conditions are Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis or MS. Do not assume right away that you have them unless diagnosed by a physician. Parkinson’s and MS require extensive diagnostic tests. Although numbing of the toes is one symptom, they are not all alone conclusive for MS or Parkinson’s disease.
Stress and Anxiety
Numbness is a secondary symptom of severe anxiety and panic attacks. If you are usually stressed out, you have higher chances of having anxiety attacks. Due to electrolyte imbalances caused by stress, your body may experience sensations like creeping insect in your legs, tingling in the toes and of course foot numbness. All of these are also very common signs of fatigue and stress.
Treatment for Foot Numbness
Home remedies for foot numbness is possible and may give temporary relief. Here are some tips for you:
- If you think it is an early sign of diabetes, you need to manage it and undergo diabetes treatments.
- Inhale and hold your breath for about three seconds. This will ensure that your body takes in enough amount of oxygen.
- Exercise your feet and legs. This will help in relieving the numbness due to nerve compression.
- Take Vitamin B complex supplement, they are good for nerve regeneration.
If you still feel numbing in the feet for more than three days, you may consult a chiropractor or a physician for long term relief.
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