Diabetic Neuropathy Causes Tingling in Hands & Feet

When constant pressure is applied to your hands and feet, it causes temporary tingling. But when tingling in hands and feet is accompanied by severe pain, numbness, and continuous itching, then it may be a symptom of nerve damage.  

10 Causes of Tingling in Hands & Feet:

  • 1. Systemic Diseases: When you have disorders in any of the internal organs like the kidney, and liver, you may experience tingling in the hands and feet. Certain types of blood diseases and other hormonal changes can also be a cause of tingling.

  • 2. Vitamin Deficiencies: Nerves can only function well when vitamins like E, B1, B6, and B12 are adequately present in your body. The deficiency of any one of these vitamins can cause tingling in the hands and feet of an individual.

  • 3. Consumption of Alcohol: Regular consumption of alcohol can have a negative impact on your nerves. It affects and damages the nerves, resulting in tingling in the hands and feet.

  • 4. Toxins: Some heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and thallium can degrade your health and cause an adverse effect on your body. These metals can either enter the body through environmental waste or by certain types of medications. The presence and accumulation of these toxins can be a cause of tingling in the hands and feet.

  • 5. Infections: If a person is infected by any sort of bacteria or virus, it can cause several health disorders including tingling in the hands & feet.

  • 6. Autoimmune Diseases: When the immune system of a person’s body attacks their own cells, it may damage and cause harm to the nervous system as well, causing tingling.

  • 7. Inherited Disorders: Any disease or nerve disorder that is caused as a result of DNA abnormality can also be the cause of the same.

  • 8. Injury: A physical injury or trauma can cause damage, crush, or compress the nerves. This may causes severe nerve pain along with tingling in the hands and feet.

  • 9. Nerve Entrapment Syndrome: This happens when nerves of a certain part of your body get compressed due to direct pressure on the nerves. These can weaken the muscles of your hand and feet and can also cause tingling.

  • 10. Diabetes: This is one of the most common causes of tingling in the hands and feet. An increase or decrease in blood sugar levels can cause damage to nerves and may also cause tingling.


A physical examination is conducted to diagnose the reason behind the two. The doctor will then assess the symptoms, medical history, and family history for any neurological disorder if any. Some basic tests like ECG, blood test, CT scan, and nerve biopsy may also be conducted.

Treatment: (Only an opinion.Consult Your Physician and do not self medicate)

Based on the diagnosis results, the problem of tingling in the hands and feet is detected. However, there is no such direct treatment for tingling. Your doctors will suggest the treatment that will target the cause of tingling and improve the condition of damaged nerves. Controlled blood sugar levels for a diabetic person can be a possible treatment for tingling in the hands and feet. People having vitamin deficiency will be provided a treatment that supplements vitamins in their body. A healthy lifestyle is also important to get rid of tingling. Controlled body mass index and a healthy diet are essential for people who suffer from tingling due to being overweight. Working and residing in a safe and toxin-free environment can also help you get rid of tingling. Alcohol consumption and smoking shall also be reduced or stopped altogether in order to control tingling. A treatment for improvement of your nervous system can help to reduce or get a cure from tingling in hands and feet.

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