There are a number of reasons you may experience tingling in the feet and legs (also called Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome); some serious and some not so serious. In addition to seeking the counsel of a medical professional, there are many things you can try at home to alleviate the pain and discomfort of tingling feet.
One of the most basic, but effective natural remedies for burning feet and legs is immersion in cool water. The water should be cold, but not freezing. Place a few ice cubes in tap water to achieve the desired temperature. If you need a more lasting remedy for chronic foot tingling, soak your feet in a water and vinegar solution two times daily, until the problem resolves.
Hot Pepper Poultice
While it may seem counter intuitive to place hot peppers on already burning feet, this actually works. Make a homemade poultice, or pepper paste, to alleviate the tingling sensation. Place a dozen or so red chili peppers in a pot, with a small amount of water, and heat over a high flame. Remove from the stove and crush the peppers. Next, place them in a thin, clean cloth and bundle to form a poultice. Using light pressure, apply to the affected areas.
Synthetic dyes and chemicals found in footwear could be the culprit of your burning feet. If you are prone to tingling and burning, always wear clean, dry cotton socks. Moisture resistant socks as well as frequent changing of pairs can help stave off symptoms as well.
Comfortable shoes are a must for relief from burning feet. Change your shoes often and purchase only natural fabric footwear (i.e. leather or cloth).The shape of your shoes is also important. Buy shoes that fit your arch type and provide good support throughout the day.
Certain stretches can also provide relief from foot pain. Stand about three feet from a wall and touch the wall with both your hands, palms flat. Bending at the elbow, lean forward, and bring one knee toward the wall; keep the ball of the foot on the ground and allow the heel to raise. Continue leaning until you feel a light stretch in the calf muscle. Repeat with the other leg.
Avoid sugar, highly-processed foods, alcohol, and tobacco--these toxins can build up in the body, and can contribute to foot pain/burning. Diets rich in vitamin B and niacin have helped some people treat tingling and burning feet. Foods high in vitamin B include: green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, nuts, milk, and eggs.
Rajrupa Ghosh has been writing since 2002. With two master's in literature and journalism (Jadavpur University and Indian Institute of Mass Communication) she has been published in "The Telegraph" and "The Statesman," designed e-learning courses at Tata Interactive Systems and developed marketing collaterals for Tata Consultancy Services and Hewlett Packard.