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Leg Tingling

Kirk Minkus, MD

Interventional Radiologist & Endovascular Specialist located in Mesa, AZ & Gilbert, AZ

Leg tingling that persists or gets worse should never be ignored because it’s a sign of nerve damage. At his practice, Kirk Minkus, MD, offers comprehensive care for leg tingling, beginning with diagnosing the underlying cause and following through with ongoing lifestyle support, chronic disease management, and advanced interventional procedures. As a highly respected interventional radiologist, Dr. Minkus provides exceptional care for vascular conditions that damage nerves and lead to leg and foot tingling. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Mesa or Gilbert, Arizona, or use the online booking feature.

Leg Tingling Q & A

What type of nerve damage causes leg tingling?

foot pain

Tingling that’s limited to your feet often signals diabetic neuropathy, a condition that develops as high blood sugar damages the small nerves in your feet. 

If you experience leg tingling, you may have:

  • A pinched nerve in your lower spine, buttocks, or leg
  • Pressure on a peripheral nerve due to enlarged blood vessels or an infection
  • Nerve problems due to a vitamin deficiency
  • Nerve damage caused by alcohol or tobacco use, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy

Leg tingling and numbness are also common symptoms of strokes, transient ischemic attacks, and multiple sclerosis.

What vascular problems cause leg tingling?

Vascular problems restrict blood flow, depriving nerves of the oxygen they need to survive and function. As a result, nerve damage develops.

Vascular conditions responsible for leg tingling include:

  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

PAD develops when cholesterol and other fats collect on the arterial wall, a condition called atherosclerosis. The fatty plaque gradually gets larger, which blocks blood flow in your lower leg and foot. As your condition worsens, the tingling in your leg, foot, or toes can become severe.

How is leg tingling treated?

leg pain

The team at Kirk Minkus, MD, works together to provide holistic care for all the underlying conditions responsible for leg and foot tingling. 

They develop customized treatment plans that may include dietary changes, medications, specialized interventional procedures, and management of diabetes and other chronic health problems.

When your leg tingling is due to a vascular condition, your treatment options include:

Venous conditions

Deep vein thrombosis is typically treated with medications that dissolve the clot. Dr. Minkus typically begins your treatment for chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins with compression stockings.

If your leg pain and tingling continue, Dr. Minkus may recommend a minimally invasive procedure such as sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, VenaSeal™ glue ablation, or phlebectomy.

Peripheral arterial disease

As an expert in minimally invasive interventional procedures to treat PAD, Dr. Minkus recommends one of two procedures that open the vein and restore optimal blood flow: angioplasty and atherectomy.

During angioplasty, he threads a balloon catheter through your blood vessels to the blockage, then inflates the balloon, flattening the plaque against the arterial wall.

If your atherosclerosis has hardened, Dr. Minkus performs an atherectomy using a laser or mechanical shaving to physically remove the plaque. Though it’s not routine, he may also implant a stent to hold the vein open.

Don’t wait to seek treatment for leg and foot tingling. Call Kirk Minkus, MD, or book an appointment online today.