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People with these symptoms also use Ubie's symptom checker to find possible causes

  • Numbness in right foot

  • Need to stop for a while for the legs to stop tingling before I can walk again

  • Bending over to tie my shoelaces causes my legs to go numb or tingle

  • Numbness in my legs when I walk up and down the stairs

  • Resting doesn't help the leg tingling and pricking

  • Numbness in the skin in front of the shin

  • Numbness in the upper thigh

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Leg or foot numbness

Possible Causes

  • Lumbar spondylosis

    A condition where the the back bones (lumbar spine) become damaged through wear-and-tear. Risk factors include repetitive back strain, carrying of heavy loads, and obesity.

  • Low back pain

    Low back pain is very common. More than 80% of people have at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime. Back pain is usually not serious and most often resolves on its own, but can be frustrating when pain interferes with daily life. Risk factors include smoking, obesity, older age, female sex, physically strenuous or sedentary work, stress, and mental health issues. Serious causes include menstrual problems, injury, slipped disc, nerve disease, spine disease, joint deformities etc.

  • Diabetic neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occurs in those with long-term diabetes. High blood sugar can damage nerves throughout the body, most commonly in the legs and feet.

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Chronic pain

  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hypocalcemia

  • Spinal canal stenosis . spondylolisthesis
  • Hyperthyroidism

Related Serious Diseases

  • Chronic subdural hematoma

    This refers to blood collecting in the space between the brain and the brain's outer covering (dura). It is can be caused by even minor injury or bump to the head. Older adults and those on certain blood-thinning or and bleeding disorders are at higher risk.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have numbness in your feet?

  • Do you have numbness from your knees down (such as ankles)?

  • Do you have numbness in the thigh/s?

  • Are you able to resume exercise after your pain and numbness improves with some rest?

  • Do you have muscle numbness or pain when you are walking or taking the stairs?

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