Why Does My Foot Fall Asleep?


Most people have experienced the uncomfortable sensation that their foot has fallen asleep. It can be especially troubling when you try to walk on the affected foot and can’t feel anything. Normally, flexing your foot back and forth to get the blood moving will quickly dissipate the sensation. If your feet are persistently feeling this way, it could be the sign of a systemic nerve problem. Seeing your podiatrist is essential to finding the cause. 

Avoid staying in constricting positions like during a long plane or bus ride and try to get up and move around several times during the journey. Also, wearing the proper footwear is essential to prevent your feet from falling asleep. If your foot falls asleep anyway, there are several conditions that affect the nerves that may be causing the sensation. 

3 possible causes of your feet falling asleep include the following:

  1.  Peripheral neuropathyMost people diagnosed with diabetes report mild to severe loss of feeling, tingling, and numbness in the feet and ankles due to nerve damage caused by excessive blood sugar.

  2. Lack of essential vitamins and minerals—Not getting enough B vitamins and other nutrients in your diet can cause poor nerve functioning that can cause your feet to feel numb and tired.

  3. Systemic disease—Chronic inflammation associated with liver and kidney disease can inhibit nerve function in your feet, causing numbness and tingling. 

If your feet fall asleep on a regular basis, it is important to see your foot care professional to see what the cause is and to explore your treatment options. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.