Tingling in the Legs

By Nicole Parriott ATC

What is Tingling in the Legs?

Does your leg ever feel like it’s “fallen asleep” or tingling in the legs?  It is medically known as paresthesia.

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Runner experiencing stress injury.


Tingling in the legs can be caused by postural habits that cause the blood flow to the legs to be reduced or restricted. The most common cause is when someone crosses their legs too long, sits or kneels too long, sitting with your legs under you, or wearing restrictive clothing or shoes. All of these can cause a temporary.

What does it mean when tingling in the legs isn’t temporary and/or occurs often?

When it is more often and/or constant, it may be called chronic paresthesia, and an underlying medical condition may be the cause, medical conditions that may be associated with chronic tingling in the legs may include but are not limited to:

  • Posture.
  • Circulatory problems.
  • Skin conditions or Infections.
  • Nutritional Factors.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Hereditary Diseases.
  • Injury or Trauma.
  • Peripheral Nerve or Artery Disease.
  • Low Back Issues or Sciatica.
  • Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Stroke or Mini Stroke.
  • Seizures.
  • Migraines.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Systemic Lupus.

What is the Treatment?

Proper treatment depends on the underlying cause. Treatments vary and may include but are not limited to:

  • Rest.
  • Ice.
  • Heat.
  • Massage.
  • Stretches.
  • Exercise.
  • Postural Correction.
  • Physical Therapy.
  • Reducing Stressors.
  • Proper Sleep.
  • Proper Diet.

When should you seek urgent medical care?

Seek urgent medical care if you have experienced any of the following recently:

  • Head, Neck, or Back injury.
  • Inability to walk or move the leg.
  • Loss of Consciousness.
  • Confusion and/or slurred speech.
  • Vision problems.
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control.

JOI and JOI Rehab

JOI Physicians continue to offer online new patient appointments. This is another option to make it more convenient to make new patient appointments with less phone hold times. Follow the link below to select your JOI MD and schedule online.

You can still call 904-JOI-2000 to make new patient JOI Physician Appointments if that is your preference.

To make appointments with JOI Rehab, please call 904-858-7045.

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By: Nicole Parriott ATC

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