When your toes begin to lose feeling or start to tingle, it can be difficult to understand why it happens and how to make it stop. Although there are a number of different reasons why toes may begin to tingle, knowing the most common and the ways to ameliorate those problems can help you stop this tingling and numbness in your toes.
One of the least-known, but most common causes of tingling in women experiencing menopause is a hormonal imbalance. Estrogen, a hormone that tends to be present in decreasing levels in the body during and after menopause,it has a number of important functions in the body. When estrogen levels drop, a number of different symptoms can occur, and numbness and tingling - especially in the extremities - is one of those symptoms.
However, there are other reasons for tingling and numbness in toes that are unrelated to hormone levels. While there are numerous of other causes, some of the most common causes are:
Standing or sitting in one position for too long
This is the most common, and most well-known reason for tingling in toes and other body parts. When somebody stays in one position for a very long time, especially a position that keeps extremities angled upwards or pressed tightly against one another, the blood flow to that area can be disrupted and sometimes the nerves are even exposed to too much pressure.
Tingling and especially a numb feeling in toes may also be caused by some form of constriction. This would most likely be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight for your feet, especially pointy-toed shoes of heels that tend to place more pressure on the toes. However, even some very tight socks may be able to cause a similar sensation.
In some cases, a tingling sensation may be caused by a lack of blood flow to the toes that is not caused by environmental factors, but is a result of the body being unable to properly move blood throughout the body. Extremities like toes are usually the most affected by poor circulation, because they require the most effort for blood to reach.
In order to treat tingling caused by a hormonal imbalance, there are a few options available. It is generally best to begin with lifestyle changes, such as improving hydration, sleep quality, and diet in order to help your body function. If the symptoms do not improve, it is possible to begin a regimen of herbal medicine or even prescribed medications to help address the underlying hormonal cause.
If the feelings are caused by environmental factors, removing your shoes or changing your position should be enough to soon remedy the tingling sensation. If the feeling persists, it may be due to blood flow problems. This issue can be improved by a few lifestyle changes such as performing more exercise and stretching, which improves blood flow to the whole body. Treatments for blood circulation can include massages and acupuncture.
When to Call a Doctor
In some cases, tingling or numbness can be a sign of something more serious. Always contact a doctor if tingling is accompanied by:
- Confusion or loss of consciousness
- Changes in bladder control
- Weakness or paralysis
- A head or neck injury
- Slurred speech
- Vision difficulty
Knowing the causes and solutions for tingling toes can help you to best figure out how to fix your own problem with a numb sensation in your toes. To learn about other ways to prevent tingling, read about these top 4 vitamins for tingling extremities.
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