Weird feeling in foot

Weird feeling in foot


Do you often have a weird feeling in foot and that causes you unable to move for some time or causes you an overall discomfort that persists for long? Weird feeling in foot can have a number of causes which can range from mild to severe.

Weird feeling in foot in medicine can be grouped as:

  • Hyperesthesia
  • Dysesthesia
  • Paresthesia

Each one of these has a specific cause. In the following article important causes of weird feeling in foot will be described.

Weird feeling in foot can be termed as tingling and is a common concern and discomfort for many people. This feeling may be accompanied with numb and pain sometimes. It can be described as pins and needles in one’s foot.

Causes will be discussed briefly in the article below. All the queries will be addressed and you will get rid of your pain and discomfort.

What will be discussed in the article?

Causes of weird feeling in foot



When to see a doctor





Causes of weird feeling in foot:

Causes can be short-term or long-term each having own symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Some are idiopathic i.e., without any known cause.

Long-term causes include:

  1. Diabetes and related neuropathy: Diabetes is a metabolic disorder and can result in abnormally high blood sugar levels also called as hyperglycemia. Diabetes is divided into two types: Type I and Type II. Untreated diabetes with high levels of glucose can damage the nerves and cause a complication called neuropathy and is one of the common causes of weird feeling in foot or tingling in foot. Diabetes itself may have a number of symptoms in addition to weird feeling in foot which include:
  1. Polyuria (frequent urination)
  2. Polydipsia ( extreme thirst)
  3. Xerostomia (Dry mouth)
  4. Pruritis (Itchy skin)
  5. Polyphagia (Extreme hunger)
  6. Lethargy
  7. Infections
  8. Nausea
  9. Vomiting
  10. Weight loss
  11. Tingling in hands
  12. Tingling in feet
  13. Changes in vision

Diagnosis and treatment:

Tingling in hands and feet are encountered as a late symptom of diabetes under the term diabetic neuropathy but if you feel any of the above mentioned symptoms you may need to consult a doctor. A brief history, physical examination and blood tests may help your doctor to rule out the cause of weird feeling in foot.

Management of diabetes depends on its stage of detection and can range from lifestyle modifications to medicines-orally and subcutaneous (insulin).

  1. Multiple sclerosis (MS): Multiple sclerosis is a neuro-degenerative disease in which axons (myelin sheath) of brain and spinal cord are destroyed by immune system. In addition to neurological symptoms tingling or weird feeling in foot or hands is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis include:

  1. Diplopia
  2. Fatigue and weakness
  3. Dizziness
  4. Spasms in muscles
  5. Gait imbalance

Diagnosis and treatment:

This again is a rule out process for tingling or weird feeling in foot. There is a possibility of having tingling feet along with other symptoms of MS and doctor with the help of correct history, physical examination and neurological in particular, and an MRI can help in diagnosing MS as a cause of weird sensation in foot or ruling out MS as a cause of weird sensation in foot.

Treatment is not available for multiple sclerosis (MS) but treatment is giving for attacks and to stop the progression.

  1. Hypothyroidism: This is a condition in which the thyroid is underactive and causes low production of hormones as needed or demanded by the body.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism are usually mild and may be misdiagnosed or remain undiagnosed.

Symptoms are many and may include:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Weakness
  3. Irregular menstruation
  4. Decreased heart rate
  5. Memory issues

As a complication untreated hypothyroidism nerves can get damaged and result in a condition called peripheral neuropathy. Weird feeling in foot or tingling can be counted as one of the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

Diagnosis and treatment:

Diagnosis can be made by certain blood tests like TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and its high levels indicate hypothyroidism

Treatment can be done with starting the hormone called levothyroxine for the patient and regulating the medicine by checking TSH levels.

  1. Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT) disease: This is a group of peripheral nerve disorders that causes symptoms of muscle atrophy, muscle weakness, loss of sensation in limbs. Tingling and weird sensation in foot are symptoms of CMT disease alongside numbness and burning sensation in limbs.

Diagnosis and treatment:

Diagnosis can be made by blood tests, nerve conduction studies along with a history and neurological examinations.

Treatment is not present for CMT but managing symptoms can be helpful and can be done by: physical therapy, analgesics for pain and a proper nutrition.

  1. Autoimmune diseases: Auto-immune is a condition in which the cells of body are attacked by one’s own immune system. Usually these diseases cause a weird sensation in foot or tingling in feet. Auto-immune diseases include: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogren disease etc.

Diagnosis and treatment:

Diagnosis for auto immune diseases is made by family history, physical examinations and certain blood tests.

Treatment varies with auto immune disease. Medications and lifestyle modifications are useful.

  1. Infections: Certain infections tend to affect the nerves and cause weird feeling in foot or tingling sensation. These infections may include:
  1. Shingles
  2. Hepatitis B and C
  3. AIDS
  4. Hansen’s disease

Diagnosis and treatment:

If a person has certain symptom suggestive of infections with proper medical care and treatment the underlying infections can be treated and a person can get rid of getting weird feeling in foot.

Short-term causes may include:

  1. Pregnancy: Pregnancy is a period where a body undergoes overall changes and uterus enlarges to hold the fetus inside it. This enlargement in uterus can put pressure on the nerves that run down into the legs and can be a cause of weird sensation in foot or tingling.

Treatment and management:

Resting with feet up can be very helpful

Frequently changing the positions

Staying well hydrated

If all of this doesn’t go away and is worsened with swelling, you should see a doctor.

  1. Vitamins: Unbalanced diet can be reason of vitamin deficiency and in particular Vitamin B complex and can weird feeling in foot or tingling. Vitamin B12 is seen to be a cause of peripheral neuropathy. Deficiency in vitamins can be attributed to some underlying health conditions as well.

Vitamin B12 deficiency has other associated symptoms which include:



Shortness of breath

Pain in chest


Diagnosis and treatment:

History, physical examination and blood tests can determine the vitamin deficiency.

Treatment can be done with supplements or dietary changes depending upon the deficiency levels.

  1. Medications: Certain medications as a side effect can cause weir feeling in foot or tingling. Some most common drugs that cause this weird feeling in foot are drugs used for chemotherapy and drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS. Some drugs that treat hypertension, seizures can also cause tingling sensation.


If you are on certain medications and get a weird feeling in foot, you need to see a doctor and the doctor can detect the cause of your weird feeling in foot and may be change the dose of your medications.

  1. Pinched nerves: When you have pinched nerves in the back due to injury or swelling, this can cause weird feeling in foot.

In addition to tingling or weird feeling in foot pinched nerve can cause pain, decreased range of motion etc.

Diagnosis and treatment:

Diagnosis can be made by your doctor by a brief history, physical examination by running some imaging like MRI.

Treatment includes conservative treatment like physical therapy, rest and medication in case of pain.

  1. Toxin exposure: Toxins can cause tingling or weird feeling in foot if toxins are taken orally or absorbed through the skin. These toxins include: lead, arsenic, mercury, alcohol, herbal medicines etc.

Diagnosis and treatment:

Diagnosis can be made by proper history by asking about occupation or exposure to toxins. Running blood tests can be helpful as well.

Treatment can include safety measures, medications, changing the site of exposure etc.

  1. Hyperventilation: Hyperventilation occurs when we breathe too rapidly and is not a disease in itself but occurs due to emotional stress or anxiety, diabetic ketoacidosis, lung infections etc. Rapid breathing can cause increase in the levels of carbon dioxide which can be a cause of light headedness, and weird feeling in foot.

Treatment can be done by treating the underlying condition and relieving the patient of discomfort.

  1. Lumbar Discopathy: Discopathy is a condition in which the disc that serves a cushion between two vertebrae is degenerated by a number of causes and in most of the cases it happens with increase in age and this is the most important cause of dysesthesia. 
  2. Idiopathic causes: Idiopathic is called when there is no known cause for the condition. This happens in people older than 60 years of age. In addition to weird feeling in foot pain, weakness, numbness can also be experienced.

Treatment can be symptomatic and can be diagnosed by ruling out all other causes and terming the condition as idiopathic.



Diagnosis is primarily based on history and physical examinations. A number of imaging and blood tests can help in the diagnosis. Proper diagnosis can help the patient from getting into a trouble and receiving proper intervention and care.



Treatment varies with each cause and can range from a simple lifestyle modification to medications. With proper treatment and management patient can be relieved of the discomfort. Treating underlying diseases can be of great help and preventing the exposure in case of toxins can provide a sigh of relief.


When to see a doctor:

If you have a weird feeling in foot and doesn’t go away or gets worse, accompanied with pain, burning sensation or worsening underlying diseases and certain medications.

Severe headache, tingling in face or hands or sudden weakness can be an alarming condition and suggestive of stroke and requires immediate medical attention.



Weird feeling in foot is a common concern and a cause of discomfort for a number of people and is not always a main or worrisome condition but should not neglected if you have underlying disease and associated worsening symptoms. Tingling or weird sensation can be caused by a simple pressurizing effect on nerve due to position but may require medical care if you are diabetic, pregnant, or had an exposure to toxins or in many other others as mentioned.










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