Do you ever sit cross-legged for a period of time and stand up only to realize your foot has fallen asleep? Or if you’ve been sitting in a chair for hours without getting up and you get pins and needles. Ugh, worst feeling! Why do our feet fall asleep and how can we prevent it?
If your feet (or any part of your body) falls asleep it’s because of an exerted amount of pressure on that one area. Extra pressure on a limb can cause paresthesia, which is when the nerves stop working properly and leads to an abnormal sensation, like tingling or pricking, that alerts you to change your position. Paresthesia AKA pins and needles not only occurs when you sit or lie down for too long but when your shoes are too tight.
To keep this common issue from happening, remove any pressure from your feet, like loosening laces or stretching out your legs. Wake up your foot by shaking it gently and then massaging it. The tingling sensation will start to disappear. It’s important to get up and walk around at least once every hour to keep the blood flowing.
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