Why You Get Pins and Needles in Your Hands and Feet—and How to Get Rid of It
Just about everyone is familiar with the feeling of "pins and needles." But in the medical community, this common phenomenon is known by a much fancier name: paresthesia. "The phrase 'pins and needles' is frequently used to describe the feeling that someone is pricking your skin with thousands of tiny pointed objects," says Jerry Yoo, DPT, founder and CEO of Next Level Physio. "Typically, these tingling sensations—also known as paresthesias—mean that somewhere in your body, a nerve or blood vessel is irritated and needs attention."
But why does pins and needles happen, and what can we do to make it go away? Is it a sign of something more serious—or just an unpleasant inconvenience? We talked to a few health experts to find out.