Tingling feet isn’t a medical term, but doctors definitely know what it means. It can present itself in a number of ways, says Dan Michaels, DPM. “It can feel like your foot fell asleep and you’re trying to wake it up, or it can feel like your foot is completely numb,” she adds. “It can sometimes be quite painful and burning.”
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is basically like carpal tunnel syndrome but for your feet, Dr. Michaels says. The condition is caused by compression of the posterior tibial nerve (which is found in your foot) and can cause symptoms like pain, tingling, or numbness in your foot. Treatment involves taking anti-inflammatory medications or getting steroid injections into the tarsal tunnel to relieve pressure and swelling. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed.