What is peripheral neuropathy?iStock/nebari
Your body has a network of nerves that send messages from your brain and spinal cord to other parts of your body. Different conditions, such as carpal tunnel or diabetes, could lead to nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy that affects almost every area in your body, from your muscles to your internal organs. Symptoms could feel mildly uncomfortable or be disabling to those with the condition, and Dr. Wiesman describes the signs in the book Peripheral Neuropathy.
Your feet and legs feel tinglyiStock/golubovy
Often, the first symptoms of neuropathy have to do with the sense of touch. Your extremities might feel like they’re tingling, burning, itching, shooting, or like ants are crawling on you. “Normal stimulation of the skin, such as a light touch of clothing or bedsheets on the legs, can feel uncomfortable or painful,” writes Dr. Wiesman. You’ll probably feel these sensations first in your toes and feet, which are at the ends of your longest nerves. Eventually the feeling will make its way up your ankles and legs. By the time it reaches your knee, your hands, which are about the same length as them, will also get involved. (Try these home remedies for restless leg syndrome if your tingling is from RLS.)