Question:

Why do I have a tingling sensation in the front of my ankle when I stretch my hamstrings? I have been weight training for 2 years and usually stretch after I workout.

– Baila


Answer:

Hi Baila,

Thank you for your question! Without doing a full examination it is hard to comment on the exact reason for this sensation you are describing. However, we can provide some general information about a tingling sensation felt in the front of the ankle while stretching the hamstrings. “Tingling” can be the result of, tension or compression on a nerve. While stretching a hamstring muscle, or the back side of the leg, it’s possible to increase the tension put on the nerves that come from the back and travel down the leg depending on the position of the stretch.

A tingling sensation may also be related to poor blood circulation to the legs and feet. In some positions, stretching tight tissues can affect blood flow and create a tingling sensation. We recommend that you be seen by a trained healthcare professional or physical therapist to further assess your complaints. A physical therapist is trained in assessing these types of conditions and can help identify exactly which tissues are creating the problem and how to further treat them. The PT can also help identify if further imaging or assessment by another medical provider is needed.


**This reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.