Many people experience occasional pins-and-needles sensations in the legs and feet from time to time. When that tingling in your feet becomes persistent, it may be a warning sign of nerve damage.
At AABP Integrative Pain Care, our board-certified pain management specialists understand how frustrating constant tingling in your feet can be. We offer a wide range of diagnostic tests and treatment services to address the underlying cause of the tingling, so you can stay independent and active.
Occasional tingling sensations in the feet can occur if you sit in one place for too long. This type of tingling develops from increased pressure on a nerve or a pinched nerve. The tingling resolves quickly once you start moving around.
When tingling in your feet is more frequent and accompanied by pain or other symptoms, it can be a side effect of underlying nerve damage.
There are many conditions that can ultimately result in nerve damage in your feet and throughout your body, including:
Diabetes is also a leading cause of nerve damage that leads to tingling, weakness, and numbness in the feet and legs. Diabetic-related nerve damage causes a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. This condition results when uncontrolled blood sugar levels are high enough to damage nerve fibers that provide sensations to your feet.
If left unmanaged, diabetic neuropathy leads to foot ulcers that can progress into tissue death, serious infections, and the need for amputation.
Before you can start treatment for persistent tingling in your feet, our providers at AABP Integrative Pain Care work to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.
We provide complete physical exams and review your medical history to learn more about the cause of your condition. Our providers may also request blood work to evaluate your blood sugar levels, even if you don’t have a diabetes diagnosis.
Based on the results of your exam and lab test results, we customize a treatment plan to relieve tingling and other symptoms you have. We also focus on keeping your condition well-controlled to prevent further health complications.
There are several ways our pain management specialists manage persistent tingling in the feet. Your treatment plan for moderate to severe tingling in your feet may include:
You may also need to make lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and ensure you maintain a healthy weight.
Daily exercise is important for good blood circulation, so you should aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If tingling in your feet interfere with your ability to be physically active, we can recommend modified exercises you can do while sitting down.
If you have diabetes, our providers can also coordinate care with your family doctor to ensure your blood sugar levels remain well-controlled in the long-term. You may need to take insulin or other medications and follow a healthy diet plan to prevent additional diabetes-related complications.
Call the AABP Integrative Pain Care office near you or book a diagnostic evaluation for tingling in your feet online today.