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    My right foot seems like it is going to sleep,

Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 in Back Pain
Question: My right foot seems like it is going to sleep, not numb just the precursor to numb. It doesn't ever actually go to sleep. This is a new sensation. It doesn't vary during the day or during exercise In fact the whole lower leg seems to be "tight", but not painful at all..My knee is also "tight" but no pain.
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Sciatic nerve

Detailed Answer:
Hi there

Thanks for the query

I have read your query and understood your problem.

It's possible that you may be feeling tightness due to arthritis of the knee especially if there is pain on bending knee, cross leg sitting or kneeling.

Sciatic nerve entrapment can lead to paraesthesia as you have described as the leg falling asleep.

I suggest you do get a Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) test to look for any problem in the function of the Sciatic nerve.

Avoid sitting for long hours on hard stools or chairs. Perform hip strengthening exercises.

I hope I have answered your query.

I will be available to answer your follow up queries.


Dr.Aashish Raghu
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