Numbness is an unusual or pricking sensation that occurs in any parts of the body. These sensations are mostly felt in arms, feet and legs. If numbness persists without any obvious cause, then it could be a symptom of disease or injury. Symptoms of Numbness or:
• Tingling or pricking sensation
• Muscle spasms
• Burning sensation
• Slurred speech
• Weakness or severe pain
HOW IS NUMBNESS DIAGNOSED?
If the numbness starts staying for prolonged periods, then it is a reason to worry. Diagnosis includes X-rays, angiogram, CT scans and similar procedures.
HOW IS NUMBNESS TREATED?
General measures can help relieve symptoms and prevent additional problems. Precautions to prevent injury are needed because people with numbness are less likely to feel discomfort. If their feet are numb, particularly if circulation is impaired, they should wear socks and shoes that fit well and should check their shoes for pebbles or other foreign material before putting their shoes on. People should inspect their feet frequently for sores and signs of infection, such as redness. If hands or fingers are numb, people should be careful when handling objects that could be hot or sharp.