Causes of Tingling in Hands and Feet

· October 30, 2014

Tingling in the hands and feet comes with a series of abnormal sensations that are not only uncomfortable, but are also a cause for concern if you don’t know what’s causing it.  Although tingling usually happens in different areas of the body, it is most frequently experienced in the hands, feet, arms or legs.  At first, it can be ignored, but when it is frequently experienced and for no apparent reason, this could indicate that something is not functioning well in your body, presenting a symptom to some illness.

Tingling could be a symptom of a minor infection, but it could also indicate that you are suffering from an illness requiring more attention.  That’s why it is important to see a doctor if you frequently experience tingling.  Below, we will list a few of the common illnesses that are associated with the hands and feet.


Tingling could be one of the symptoms for hypoesthesia, a loss of sensitivity that accompanies this annoying sensation.  If you have these two symptoms, you must be very careful, because this could be more than just a fleeting pain.  

Circulatory problem

BloodWhen an individual has circulatory problems, it is quite possible that they feel sporadic tingling sensations.  They could also have these sensations when they are fatigued or have exhausted their nerves.  If the tingling problem increases and becomes somewhat constant, this could mean that something more severe is taking place, and is best consulted by a doctor.

Buerger’s disease

This disease is associated with tobacco use; it initially presents with a pain caused by lack of blood flow to the hands and feet, know as claudication.  The individual feels a constant tingling and numbness in the hands, followed by the fingers and toes.  This case is fairly delicate, and if left untreated, it can develop gangrene.



Diabetes is one of the most common diseases currently, and is produced when blood sugar levels increase.  Tingling is a typical symptom of this disease, as it can cause insufficient blood flow that later could make the individual feel this annoying tingling sensation in their legs and feet.  This symptom could indicate ulcers, which should be treated in time to prevent the formation of gangrene.

Multiple Sclerosis

Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet is one of the first symptoms that present in individuals that suffer from multiple sclerosis.  This disease could also include burning and increased sensitivity.  These types of sensations are produced by insufficient blood flow to the affected areas and problems with the nervous system.

Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy

Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, or AIDP, is one of the less common and fairly rare diseases that prevents the nerves from sending signals to muscles throughout the body.  Tingling is a symptom of this disease, generally appearing in the feet and legs, although as time goes on, this may also extend to the arms and hands.

Restless leg syndrome

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Tingling in the extremities that is generally felt at night can also be associated with a condition called restless leg syndrome.  This is one of its most common symptoms, although it is not the only one.  Individuals who suffer from it can also feel pain, cramps and itching, accompanied by insomnia problems, as these symptoms typically grow worse at night.  This syndrome could be caused by anemia, kidney failure, or peripheral neurophathy, although no exact cause is known.

Others causes of tingling in the hands and legs…

  • Sitting or standing in the same position for prolonged periods of time.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Pressure on spinal nerves caused by a herniated disc.
  • Having abnormal levels of calcium, potassium, or sodium in the body.
  • Lack of vitamins, primarily vitamin B12.
  • Consuming alcoholic drinks and/or tobacco, as the lead generally damages nerves.
  • Animal bites.
  • Bites from insects, ticks, mites and spiders.
  • Using certain medications.