Why do feet go numb after sitting for a while?

Written by jane ann | 13/05/2017
Why do feet go numb after sitting for a while?
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There are different reasons why your feet go numb. Having a disease, nerve damage and sitting for too long in a way that cuts off circulation are some causes.

The sensation

When your feet go numb, it feels like they are bigger and/or softer; they also may feel 'tingly' as if ants are crawling in your legs and feet. The numbness may cause difficulty for you to stand or walk.


Numbness in your feet can be caused by poor circulation. It can also be caused by nerve damage or pressure on nerves when you sit. Various medical conditions can contribute to foot numbness: vitamin B12 deficiency, kidney failure, diabetes and many others.


If you sit crossed-legged for too long, it can cut off your blood circulation which makes your feet numb. However, this is usually harmless.

If your feet become numb in just a few minutes, this may indicate a health condition that is affecting your circulation or nerves. Some diseases such Lyme disease and diabetes are known to cause numbness in the lower extremities.

Sitting position

There are many sitting position that may contribute to your numb feet. Crossing your legs while sitting in a chair, sitting with your feet under you on the floor, squatting and even sitting normally in a chair may cause pressure on your leg nerves or arteries, making your leg, foot, or toes to fall asleep.


Using Neurelief lotion may ease the pain of sore, numb and tingly feet. It also helps repair your damaged feet and protects against future damage to your feet.

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