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Foot Numbness

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  • Posted By: merlinct7
  • June 9, 2008
  • 09:49 PM

I've had numbness in my toes and the balls of my feet for 13 years, since I was 53. It was diagnosed as Morton's Neuroma by my family physician, but foot x-rays showed no evidence of that condition.

My father, aunt and brother all have or had this condition, with onset in early to mid 50's. Neither they nor I are or were diabetic. There is no evidence of circulatory problems. By the time he died at 83, my father's numbness had progressed up his shins nearly to his knees,which I'd like to avoid. At this time, my condition is not so severe, merely annoying.

Interestingly, except for a small spot between my first and second toes, I am able to feel even a light touch on my feet. The numbness seems mostly "internal", not on the surface. I'm able to induce tingling in my toes by scratching my instep.

I have normal arches and no noticeable external deformities, though my podiatrist says my feet are "pretty beat up" from years of running and basketball.

Any ideas?

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  • Spot on with my symptoms. Basketball cited as cause. Ground down bones in my foot and they are inflammed. Symptoms worse after standing, walking for periods of time or not using orthotics. Podiatrist says foot is fine. Love to golf, but walking makes my feet number. Ice packs at night under feet for an hour soothing.Sure would be nice to have a cure. Have you learned any more about your dilemma?
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  • I've had numbness in my toes and the balls of my feet for 13 years, since I was 53. It was diagnosed as Morton's Neuroma by my family physician, but foot x-rays showed no evidence of that condition. My father, aunt and brother all have or had this condition, with onset in early to mid 50's. Neither they nor I are or were diabetic. There is no evidence of circulatory problems. By the time he died at 83, my father's numbness had progressed up his shins nearly to his knees,which I'd like to avoid. At this time, my condition is not so severe, merely annoying.Interestingly, except for a small spot between my first and second toes, I am able to feel even a light touch on my feet. The numbness seems mostly "internal", not on the surface. I'm able to induce tingling in my toes by scratching my instep.I have normal arches and no noticeable external deformities, though my podiatrist says my feet are "pretty beat up" from years of running and basketball.Any ideas?Have you looked into the diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease? It sounds similar to the case that you just described.
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