why do the balls of my feet feel numb
Diagnosing foot numbness depends upon how severe your symptoms are. A doctor may order a
if youБre having. This allows a doctor to view your brain and identify any blockages or bleeding that could be causing your symptoms. Your doctor will also take a medical history and ask for a description of your symptoms. Questions asked may include: How long does the numbness last? What other symptoms do you experience along with the numbness? When did you first notice the numbness in your foot?
When is the numbness worse? What makes the numbness better? After you share your medical history with your doctor, a physical examination typically follows. Your doctor will most likely examine your feet and determine if the sensation loss impacts one or both feet. Some studies your doctor may order include:, which measures how well muscles respond to electrical stimulation study to view abnormalities in the spine, spinal cord, or both nerve conduction studies, which measure how well nerves conduct electric currents Additional tests depend upon the suspected diagnosis.
Numbness of the toes generally is a result of conditions that affect the nerves and/or blood vessels that supply the foot. Numbness of the toes is often associated with tingling. Numbness and tingling sensations in the toes is referred to as paresthesia of the toes. The most common cause of toe numbness is direct compression of the nerves of the foot from footwear from shoes.
Numbness of the toe can occur because of injury to the foot, nerve damage (neuropathy), and poor circulation to the foot (such as with and ). Numbness to the foot can also be caused by irritation of nerves in the low back with and, beriberi, ( ), and. There is increased potential for irritation of nerves in the foot when skeletal deformity occurs, such as from. Firestein, Gary S. , et al. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, Ninth Ed. China: Elsevier Saunders, 2012.
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