Tingling and numbness, sometimes identified as a "pins and needles" sensation, can occur anywhere in the body, but often appears in the legs and feet. The tingling is an abnormal sensation that is a sign the area is suffering from poor blood flow or isn't fully receiving nerve signals.

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Types

There are several causes of tingling in the feet and legs, including sitting or standing too long, sitting with crossed legs, a pinched nerve, a herniated spinal disc, lack of blood supply from a blockage or from a condition like frostbite.

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Features

The herpes zoster virus, which causes chicken pox and shingles, can produce tingling or numbness in the legs and feet.

  • Tingling and numbness, sometimes identified as a "pins and needles" sensation, can occur anywhere in the body, but often appears in the legs and feet.
  • The herpes zoster virus, which causes chicken pox and shingles, can produce tingling or numbness in the legs and feet.
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Other Causes

More serious causes of tingling can include multiple sclerosis, diabetes, mini-strokes, electrolyte imbalances or Vitamin B-12 deficiency.

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Considerations

Scar tissue, tumours and infections can all cause nerve compression that leads to the tingling sensation.

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Expert Insight

On the website Chiropractic-Help.com, Dr. Barrie Lewis, a chiropractor with two clinics in the Netherlands, advises that chiropractic care can alleviate many of the causes of tingling in the extremities.