Pins and Needles in the Legs and Feet
Most of us have had the sensation of pins and needles happen a few times in our lifetime. We’ve likely experienced it when we fall asleep on our arm or cross our legs for too long.
An occasional pins and needles feeling is probably nothing to worry about. However, when pins and needles happen regularly, and they start interfering with your daily life, it’s time to evaluate the problem. If pins and needles occur in your legs, for instance, it can affect your ability to walk or stand safely, and you may have more falls.
Symptoms associated with pins and needles
Persistent pins and needles pain can affect your quality of life, so it is useful to know the possible causes for this condition. Common symptoms of pins and needles (also known medically as paresthesia) include:
What are the other causes of pins and needles?
This list isn’t exhaustive, and there are other causes of pins and needles. Talk to your doctor to help you determine the cause of your symptoms.
Carrying around extra weight on your body will naturally put additional pressure on the nerves, impacting circulation as well. This can reduce blood flow to the extremities and produce painful symptoms of pins and needles, as well as numbness.
Today, many of us do not eat balanced meals so it isn’t unusual to be deficient in some vitamins and minerals. When our bodies are short on critical vitamins like Vitamins B12 and D, we can develop nerve damage and pain from pins and needles in our bodies.
Excessive drinking can affect food choices leading to nutrient deficiencies. Too much alcohol can also damage the nerves causing pins and needles feeling, or a tingling sensation in the legs.
Finding relief for the symptoms of restless legs
Your healthcare professional is best-suited to determine if something is causing the sensations of pins and needles in your body. Discuss with them the steps you can take yourself to help relieve your symptoms.
Disclaimer: This content is not intended as medical advice. We believe in helping people to make informed decisions about their health. We hope to empower you to ask your doctor the right questions so you can both agree on a treatment plan that’s right for you.
- Web article on Diabetic Neuropathy, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
- Web article on Pins and Needles, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
- Web article on Tingling in the Hands and Feet, https://www.webmd.com/brain/tingling-in-hands-and-feet
- Web article on What is Paresthesia, https://www.healthline.com/health/paresthesia
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