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What causes tingling sensation in foot upon standing up?

I am a 60 yr old female. Since last evening my left foot and now a small portion of my leg above my ankle, has been feeling rather odd. No history of circulation issues or diabetes. The area feels very heavy similar to when your foot goes to sleep. Also, I feel like I can feel the blood circulating. The latest symptom is tingling, the same as when your foot has been asleep and the feeling disappears. No change in color or temperature of foot from the other side. No pain. It only happens when I go from sitting or lying to standing. No history of blood clots. What is going on? Do I need to go to the ER? Last night it was just my foot, now it is up my leg.
Wed, 26 Aug 2015
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi,
Welcome to health care magic,
I have read your whole query and understand the concern.

If this tingling sensations is not troubling your day to day life or it occurs occasionally while sitting or standing then there no need to worry much, because in many cases no apparent cause is found to explain such tingling.

However sometimes this tingling sensations are actually paresthesia, which are associated with few medical conditions such as:

1) remaining in posture for a long time
2) lack of blood supply to the particular area
3) Spina nerve root compression like cervical radiculopathy or multiple sclerosis - but these rare possibilities
4) Diabetes, thyroid state or vitamin deficiency.

So if this feeling is constant and troublesome then you need to see physician who will examine you thoroughly with complete medical history and order relevant investigations to rule out above causes.

Do not be worried like I said in most cases the causes are benign and don't need treatment.

Hope this will help you how to proceed further.

Regards,

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