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Why are My Hands and Feet Tingling?

Medically reviewed by Maushmi Sheth
Medically reviewed by Maushmi Sheth

Do you have a tingling sensation in your legs? It is certainly not a very pleasant feeling. When there is something like that in the hands, legs, arms, and feet, we don’t really know how to respond. Often, patients with tingling in the lower extremities are diagnosed with RLS, but the causes may be different. You should consult your doctor about the condition, especially if such symptoms worsen or you lose feeling in your feet. 

Symptoms usually appear first on the fingers or toes and are almost imperceptible at first. However, from week to week, they can get stronger and pose a big problem in everyday functioning. Over time, there may be severe pain in the hand awakening you from sleep or burning feet that make you fall asleep. Without a thorough diagnosis, it is difficult to determine what the tingling in the legs means. It often comes from the spine or is caused by a nutrient deficiency. Diagnostics are made easier if the person suffering from this ailment can determine in which situations the tingling disappears and in which it becomes more intense. But what is the reason? Why is this happening? Today we will answer all these questions. Check where the hands and feet tingling comes from!

Tingling: what is it? What is the reason?

Tingling can take place in any body, for different reasons. Its nature can be:

  • staying in the same position for too long (sitting or standing), while traveling, or at work;
  • nerve damage. If they are in the neck, tingling will appear in the hands and arms. If nerves in the lumbar region are damaged, tingling is present in the legs;
  • nerve compression;
  • an infection called herpes zoster;
  • ischemia due to swelling of blood vessels or frostbite;
  • potassium, calcium, and iron deficiency;
  • poor vitamin B12 levels;
  • side effect of some medications;
  • nervous system damage caused by alcohol, tobacco, etc.;
  • radiotherapy;
  • animal bites, including insect bites;
  • seafood allergy;
  • carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • diabetes;
  • hypothyroidism;
  • bleeding.

Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a clinical symptom characterized by the appearance of tingling in the legs causing the patient to walk. Its attacks most often occur at night and make it difficult to sleep, and they are even sometimes accompanied by involuntary movements of the limbs during sleep.

In pregnancy, tingling frequently occurs in the legs. Many women are then diagnosed with RLS, which usually resolves spontaneously after childbirth.

Tingling in the legs is often a feeling in the limbs that is difficult to define for patients. The causes of the so-called paresthesia can be different. The unpleasant tingling sensation in the legs, from the knees downwards, can cause degeneration in the spine. This type of ailments is the result of abnormalities in the lumbosacral section. To make sure that it is the spine’s degeneration that contributes to the tingling sensation in your legs, your doctor will order an X-ray.  If it confirms the degeneration, the patient will have to undergo rehabilitation. Physiotherapeutic treatments can also be helpful if you see your hand and feet tingling.

Home remedies for tingling in the arms and legs

  • Water. It is one of the best ways to relieve tingling. Soak your arms or legs in cold water for 10 minutes, and this unpleasant feeling will pass.
  • Walk. If your legs are stiff, walk around the room. Walk until you feel a strong tingling sensation, but you will have to endure it. After a while, it will pass. This method works especially for those who spend a lot of time sitting.
  • Stand on your toes. This is another way to get numb legs. Stand on your toes (as dancers do) and slowly drop onto your heels. Repeat the exercise 10 times to activate blood circulation in the lower limbs. Try to repeat this activity every day, before bedtime.
  • Eat iron-rich foods. As we mentioned, iron deficiency can make your hands and feet tingle. Beets, eggs, milk, nuts, legumes, and green leafy vegetables (such as spinach) are excellent sources of iron.
  • Avoid certain foods and drinks. Alcohol and coffee during (or after) dinner are the worst options. Just like too heavy meals eaten at night.
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle. Do not smoke, do sports (like swimming), meditate (yoga) to relieve tension. Try not to spend too much time in the same position and avoid tight clothes (they inhibit blood circulation).
  • Massages. Give a vigorous massage with circular movements. You can also change the position. If you are sitting, get up. If you are standing, sit down or lie down.
  • Use appropriate footwear. Socks must be made of cotton to absorb moisture properly. Change them 3 times a day (every 8 hours). Shoes should be comfortable. We also recommend contoured insoles for shoes. Try not to wear your heels too often. 
  • Do exercises against the wall. After returning from work, take off your shoes and change your socks. Stand facing the wall. Try to shift your weight onto your toes by slightly bending your knees. Rest your hands against the wall.

Rest your hands against the wall

Maybe one of the diseases you already have (diabetes, for example) has damaged the nerve fibers in your legs? Or maybe a spine disease causes you not to feel your foot the way it used to? Maybe it is the RLS that causes a persistent unpleasant symptom and keeps you awake? There are many possibilities. Check what is causing your problems! It is worth consulting with a neurologist when sensory disorders are still minor and not to postpone it “until later” because, as in the case with most diseases, early diagnosis means a better chance for effective treatment.

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Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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