Paresthesia is the sense of pins-and-needles or burning on the skin. The splint and cast provide pressure on nerves, and of course there is no recourse while you are shut up in plaster or fiberglass. It was not a problem except at night, when I had trouble falling asleep, and it would occasionally wake me. Now that I am in a boot and can expose my foot, I have tried using Capzacin cream, as well as other topical ointments, but they don’t seem to do much. Then I read about a cure that involves tapping on the area where the tingling occurs. So I used a little cheap Conair vibrator, at low speed, to do the tapping, and after three days the paresthesia is way down, no longer a real problem. Maybe it is just because I am now using the foot more; or the boot has more latitude; or the vibrator helps. Anyway, life is good again.

In any case, I understand that paresthesia wears off eventually…unless there is nerve damage. [Note: indeed, once I got out of the cast and into the boot, the tingling disappeared, though occasionally traces, not troublesome and easily massaged away, appeared. By week 9, nothing.]

Published in: on October 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm


  1. On October 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm Ron Said:

    Good luck. I was miserable in the splint and had it removed in a week. Going to any boot is major progress compared to a splint. LOL.

    Keep us posted and happy healing.

  2. On November 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm sacrebleu62 Said:

    Thanks, Ron and Kellygirl. Yes, life gets brighter every day.

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  3. On December 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm normofthenorth Said:

    Time helps, and Boots rock!