What Causes Your Foot to Fall Asleep?


Your foot will sometimes have the feeling of falling asleep when you have been sitting too long in one position without moving sufficiently to keep your blood circulation moving, but the sensation usually subsides as soon as you start moving again. A pinched nerve in your leg or foot can also cause your foot to fall asleep, but the feeling is typically only short-lived, unless there’s some other underlying problem.

Problems that can cause your feet to fall asleep include the following:

●     Neuroma - A nerve that is damaged or inflamed can cause a numbing sensation in your extremities. There are a variety of locations in the feet where a neuroma can develop. They can often be treated with physical therapy, or specially placed custom orthotic shoe inserts.

●     Diabetes damage - Diabetes can cause peripheral nerve damage which decreases the sense of feeling in the hands and feet. Foot numbness is actually one of the first indications that you may be developing diabetes.

●     Vitamin and mineral deficits - Proper ingestion of B vitamins can help repair damage to your nerves. Proper nerve conduction also requires adequate mineral intake in the diet. Supplements may be helpful if you are deficient.

●     Organ damage - Major problems with the kidneys and liver can also cause you to lose feeling in your feet. An improperly functioning thyroid gland can also contribute to foot numbness and tingling.

If your feet fall asleep frequently without an obvious cause, you should make an appointment with your podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.