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.
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:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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 Fracture and Injury Care
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP fracture and injury care. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000.
If you feel you may be suffering from this condition, our dedicated team of orthopedic specialists is ready to help you! To schedule an appointment, call JOI-2000 or click the button below to schedule an appointment online.