Leg Numbness & Tingling


Overview
Numbness and Tingling are abnormal sensations that occur anywhere in your body, but are often felt in your legs and feet.

Treatment
Treatment programs for numbness & tingling are customized to each patient and vary depending on the underlying cause of this problem.

Causes
There are many possible causes:

  • Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time 
  • Injury to a nerve
  • Atherosclerosis (cholesterol/plaque
  • Diabetes
  • Underactive Thyroid
  • Certain medications

Tests & diagnosis
Your doctor should identify and treat the underlying cause of your numbness or tingling. Treatment of the underlying condition may reverse the symptoms or prevent them from getting worse. Your doctor may ask questions to determine your risk for stroke, thyroid disease, or diabetes, as well as questions about your lifestyle and medications. Testing may include:

Complications
Because numbness can cause a decrease in feeling, you may be more likely to accidentally injure a numb foot. Take care to protect the area from cuts, bumps, bruises, burns, or other injury.

When to contact a doctor
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:

  • Numbness and/or Tingling has no obvious cause (ie: leg or foot "falling asleep").
  • Numbness and/or Tingling worsens when you walk.

 

To schedule a consultation or to receive more information, please contact us.