We have all been there: you have been sitting at your desk all afternoon, you get up to walk around and upon standing shooting tingling pain goes down your leg and feels like a million little needles pricking your foot. Your foot has fallen asleep, and it is worse than a teenager to wake up.
So, what happens when your foot falls asleep? It’s actually a medical condition called Transient Paresthesia of the Foot which is a sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person’s skin with no apparent long-term physical effect.
According to How Things Work, “usually, you feel this familiar sensation after you've been putting pressure on part of your body -- sitting on a foot, sleeping on an arm, etc. When you apply this pressure for a prolonged period of time, you actually cut off communication from your brain to parts of your body. The pressure squeezes nerve pathways so that the nerves can't transmit electrochemical impulses properly. Nerve impulses carry sensation information from nerve endings in the body to the brain, as well as instructions from the brain to the parts of the body. When you interfere with this transfer by squeezing the nerve pathways, you don't have full feeling in that body part, and your brain has trouble telling the body part what to do.”
Our Marketing Coordinator, Michelle, compares this phenomenon to when you lose cell phone reception. The person on the other line is still talking to you, but you don’t hear them, and when you talk to them, they can’t hear you.
If you are diabetic or find that you have this sensation more often than normal, call us at 309.661.9975 so we can evaluate if there is a larger issue at hand.