Toe numbness or a tingling and burning sensation in your toes may be the result of a condition that affects the nerves and/or blood vessels of the foot. Some symptoms may be chronic while others are short-lived. Either way, it’s wise to speak to a podiatrist or your PCP about any persistent matters concerning toe numbness. In some instances, this could be the sign of a larger problem like nerve damage, diabetes or even a stroke. Pittsburgh Podiatrist, Dr. Christina Teimouri, DPM shares her thoughts on the tingling sensation many people cope with every day.
Signs of Toe Numbness
Have you ever recalled having “pins and needles”? Toe numbness, or paresthesia, can feel like that. Paresthesia is an abnormal sensation in your toes that makes you lose feeling in your toes or even the feeling of the ground beneath them. Unlike that occasional numbing sensation, issues come from peripheral neuropathy a more frequent numbness or a total loss of feeling altogether.
Causes of Toe Numbness
Toe numbness can be the result of various things; a herniated disk or sciatica. Either way, your body’s nervous system is your sensory network and if there is damage to your nerves or something else effecting their blood supply, you’re going to want to visit a podiatrist because there is a large list of reasons you may be experiencing a tingling sensation.
Physical Injury or Damage to the Central Nervous System (CNS)
Nerve damage due to foot injury
Spinal cord injury
Disease, Disorders & Deficiencies
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Alcoholism or chronic alcohol abuse
Peripheral vascular disease
Diagnosing Toe Numbness
A doctor will examine your medical history and perform a physical examine. If you’re experiencing symptoms affecting the Central Nervous System, like stroke or seizures, your doctor may recommend a CT or MRI for detect any bleeding in the brain or other abnormalities to the spine. If symptoms seem focused strictly on the foot, a foot exam will be conducted, other test including Electromyography may be performed to test your muscles response to electrical stimulation.
Home Remedies For Toe Numbness
Heat can occasionally aid in loosening tight, painful, or tense muscles that can strain nerves and result in numbness. Avoid warming numb legs and feet, though, since this could exacerbate inflammation, resulting in pain and numbness.
Nerve pressure-causing edoema can be lessened with the aid of ice. For 15 minutes at a time, apply wrapped icepacks or cold compresses to numb legs and feet many times per day.
The heart and blood vessels can get weaker from insufficient activity, making it harder for them to pump blood to the lower limbs. Yoga, Pilates, and tai chi are examples of exercises that help increase blood flow and lessen chronic pain or inflammation.
Treatment options will be evaluated and your podiatrist and/or doctor will work with you on the best solution to your problem.
If you are experiencing persistent or permanent numbness in your toes, don’t wait until your next check-up to speak to a medical professional. Call one of Pittsburgh’s leading Podiatrists, Dr. Christina Teimouri, DPM, of the Beaver Valley Foot Clinic and schedule an appointment. Call 878-313-3338 (FEET) today!