Q What Does it Mean if my Feet are Numb or Tingly?
There are a few different reasons this could be happening. Usually a loss of sensation in a specific area indicates a loss of blood circulation. While it is common to assume that it is related to diabetes, namely neuropathy, it can be caused by other problems for those without diabetes.
First, check your shoes. Are they too tight or too small? Shoes can and will greatly influence your feet. In addition, check your socks to make sure they are not to tight causing reduced blood circulation. Sometimes the band at the top will be too tight.
For constant numbness the cause could be a more serious problem. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that effects diabetics and can cause tingling, burning or numbing sensations in your feet. Neuropathy will affect the blood flow and can cause serious numbness and tingling in the feet, as well as other parts of the body.
It could also be caused by back or knee problems. Your posture could be causing the problem. Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies can also cause your feet to become numb or tingly.
If the problem persists, you should consult a podiatrist. Take note of exactly when the problem occurs (time of day, whether you are sitting or standing) and what activities you were doing prior.
To schedule an appointment, contact Family Foot & Ankle Specialists at (732) 968-3833.