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Foot Numbness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 12, 2006
  • 02:55 AM

As you might be able to tell, I'm 57, and have recently developed pronounced numbness in the toes and bottom front pads of both feet. The bottom pads (just below the toes) is the worst, I pretty much don't feel a light touch, for example, with a sock; of the toes, the big toe seems to be the worst, including around the bottom of the nail, which is normally a sensitive area. The feet are cold all the time, I have to wear socks and slippers around the house and occasionally I get a serious cramp in the arch of the foot if I extend the foot the right way. A doctor has ruled out diabetes, which I was concerned about since my maternal grandmother had it.

Other conditions that might be relevant: seizure disorder and I have had a bulging disk problem.

Anyone seen similar symptoms?

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  • Hi FiftySeven,Have you ever suffered from Sciatic problems? - Sciatica often causes foot numbness although it tends to occur on the outer edge of the foot and is generally accompanied by pain extending from the lower back or buttocks down the back of the legs (often as far as the feet themselves).Sciatica is very often caused by protruding discs in the lower spine. It would be worth asking you doctor about this. However, the lack of pain and position of the numbness suggests to me you might be looking at a circulatory problem.
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  • Thanks for your response. I have had disk problems - it was described as a bulging disk - and did have localized pain in thighs and back, but as you say, the location and the lack of sensation, vs. pain, would seem to discount that as a cause. I do plan to have a chat with my internist again - whether it will interest him or not is another question.
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  • You have to be proactive. Last week I went into my doctors office in my pajama's raving, because they were ignoring my sciata. I have pain in my hip, calf, and ankle. My calf is numb, and so is my foot. They wanted to get me away from the patients in the waiting room, and brought me in the nurses office. I had an appointment for an MRI 45 minutes later. It turned out to be a herniated disc pressing on a nerve. I am having an epidural on Thursday. I hope it helps. I do not sleep much either, and take muscle relaxers and vicaton for the pain, neither of which work, but help me sleep a few hours.
    joypane 1 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
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  • numbness in the big toe is definitely due to a bulging disk. I have 4 bulging disks and I also have numbness on outer leg a year after diagnosis and a numb big toes. I too was 57 at the time. when it first happened I couldn't stand up more than a minute due to pain in the hip area. That lasted for 4 weeks. I swim 4 times a week and skate like the wind, jog a few miles again, do all of my back exercises every day and watch how I am sitting etc so I don't have a round in my back. My toe and leg are still numb but I carry on.
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  • I turn 57 in June and have had the exact same thing happen to me this year. Did you find the diagnosis or cure?
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  • I will be 57 (another one!) in July, and I'm feeling the numbness in the big toe and inside of my right foot. I had an MRI 2 years ago, and it showed that I have a herniated disk in my spine, and also a bone spur(s?) on the right side of my neck. Also, I had double hip-replacement surgery 3 years ago. So I have to agree that the numbness is probably related to a disk/nerve pressure thing. Unfortunately, I no longer have health insurance, so I can't really be sure. But it does seem to be pretty common.
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  • I will be 57 (another one!) in July, and I'm feeling the numbness in the big toe and inside of my right foot. I had an MRI 2 years ago, and it showed that I have a herniated disk in my spine, and also a bone spur(s?) on the right side of my neck. Also, I had double hip-replacement surgery 3 years ago. So I have to agree that the numbness is probably related to a disk/nerve pressure thing. Unfortunately, I no longer have health insurance, so I can't really be sure. But it does seem to be pretty common.I am 61 but my numbness began about aghe 57 or 58. I too have had a discectomy of C6-7 in my neck in 2003. In '97 I had a bulging disc in my lower back, which corrected itself. I first noticed the numbness in the toes on the left in 2002 and within a year it had developed in the right big toe. Most recently I have had a nerve conduction test on both feet and both showed my nerve conduction was impaired. The Dr.'s have eliminated the most common causes, ie. HIV, diabetes, alchohol, B12 deficiency, folate and tyroid. I don't believe he has a clue !!!
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  • Back surgery for L5 disk 5 years ago. Seemed like a miracle cure until another major bulging disk problem 2 years later brought on by building a deck in a wet Wisconsin March, shoveling pea gravel, sitting in a bad chair at work under stressful conditions, followed by my usual 5 mile jog all during one fateful week. I'm sure you have your own stories :) This episode has left my left foot's right two toes numb, burning, etc. No back pain or sciatica after the first 3 miserable months after the injury. The Neurosurgeion originally said it was a bulging disk and seemed to show me it on the MRI. Got a second opinion and he curtly said I had a bad back and that scar tissue from the first surgery was a contributor. Now the original Dr has changed his tune to the nerve damage scar tissue story, doesn't suggest any more surgery, MRI, etc. Looks like I'm in it for the long haul. Might try a 3rd opinion. Never have tried acupuncture or chiropractory.
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  • My husband must have the same problem as you. He had surgery on L-4 L-5 went by to work in December and then at end of May had a numbness/pain in toes along with swelling in left ankle. Doctor says it has nothing to do with first surgery but funny thing is he didn't have this problem until after this surgery. I do believe that it is the scar tissue that is the culprit but doctor is "friend" of the large company my husband works for and I think is not telling the whole truth. Poor thing! My hubby is so depressed from the chronic pain.
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  • [Hi, I recently had a total hip replacement and on day 3 i started to have burning/tingling and a vein that bulged that bulged out on the same side. A few days later the ankle bone is numb and the vein all the way up to my groin is sore. I have spoken to 3 nurses, seen my doctor and went to the emergency room last night and NOBODY has a clue as to what is wrong. They did not even really want aknowledge it. They did an ultrasound to rule out a blood clot with they said I do not have than God. But the real ? is why would a vein be so sore and my ankle be numb? I am only 50 and had the replacement to to hip dysplasia. I had a mylogram last year and had 1 bulging disk but have not had any trouble till this new surgrey. Does anyone have any ideas?
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    • September 5, 2007
    • 08:16 PM
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  • Forget the number 23! 57 is becoming a mysterious pattern in here. lol I'm almost 46 and have had numb toes and pads for at least 7 years. Each year it seems to be spreading onward up the foot. As far as I know I dont have any back injuries, no pain. The only Doc visits I've had are for employment and I dont want to bring it up then. Yes, I need to go to a Dr. Hope you all find out what the root of the problem is. I've heard other people complain of this condition with no firm answer from their Dr. Good luck. |aure|
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 01:55 AM
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  • I'm 67 and developed foot numbness about two years ago. All the usual suspects were eliminated, but the numbness continues. It has even occasionally manifested a feeling like walking on cut glass, not great. I'm wondering if any of you have read the two volumes of John A. Senneff: 1. Numb Toes and Aching Soles and 2. Numb Toes and Other Woes. I tried several of his listed remedies with moderate relief....but the condition persists.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
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  • I have no pain, but have numbness on the bottom of my foot; often feels like I'm walking on sand. My primary care physician ran every blood test in the book -- all numbers were normal.I have been to a foot doctor -- he shrugged and sent me to a neurologist. The neurologist shrugged and did a nerve conduction test and said I passed with flying colors. Then told me to go get gel inserts for my shoes. So much for doctors. I don't believe I have any back problems, but maybe they just aren't bad enough for me to notice. Anyway, I'm 50 and just living with the numbness.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 30, 2008
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  • Well, the last message was the closes to my condition. I to have no pain, its only my right three toes and foot pad directly behind them. At first when wearing shoes I thought that my sock had waded up under my toes. After taking my shoes off, It would gradually go away. So I changed shoes and that didn't seem to improve and now after trying a half a dozen different pair of shoes, no better and now has progressed to always the same numbness, wadded up sock feeling with shoes on or off. I too have had a normal blood tests. My docor said to try a wider shoe! That didn't help either. So at this point I'm just living with it. I'm 58 and have had it for about 5 months.
    coleman4me 1 Replies
    • February 2, 2008
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  • Well I am 57 have seizure disorders, disc problems, siatic nerve problems. Is 57 the age when we fall apart? Has any one ever tried homeopatic hypericum? I am beginning to feel that it will be worth me trying it...
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  • I am 51 years old (female) with the exact symptoms you describe - numbness in both pads of feet, numb toes (the two next to the big toe). My toes are always cold. This has been ongoing for over three years. I have been to the podiatrist and have been fitted for insoles, had the nerves tested (they are good) and basically babied my feet for three years with no high impact exercise (I was a runner). The pain increases when I do not wear the orthodics in my shoes or when my feet get frozen (I live in a very cold climate (today it was -35). If I try to walk without shoes it is very painful and lasts only a few minutes. I am trying something new this year and have hired a personal trainer to work with me on toning and strengthening my muscles, going for massage and will shortly be having reflexology treatments. My doctor is stumped..he wants to put me on medication that is used for people with seizures, but, before I go this route, I want to try a non-medicinal route. The medication he said would confirm a neurological problem.Have you had any other successes?
    Lucille Louise 1 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 05:25 AM
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  • I'm 38 and was doing some research because I feel some numbness in the two toes next to my big toe, on my right foot. At first, I thought it was my socks wadded up under the toes, and then I thought it was my foot getting numb from rubbing against the front inside of my shoe, but no anymore. I also feel nerve pain/numbness/twinges along the top left side of my right foot when I try to point my toes. I've seen sites mentioning the numbness, but does anyone have any pain when trying to point your toes when your leg is straight? The info that seems closest to what I have are sciatica due to spinal stenosis.http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/exercise-sciatica-spinal-stenosishttp://www.spineuniverse.com/spinal-stenosis/condition-center/Has anyone run into their Dr. saying anything about either one of these?I have a high deductible health insurance plan, and really only like going to the doctor if I have to. Truly diagnosing the problem would probably require an MRI, which is quite expensive. Has anyone gone through the diagnosis and treatment for this? What were your symptoms?Thank you?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 20, 2009
    • 07:57 AM
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  • Around 2 months ago the bottoms of my feet and my toes started to feel numb and achy. About 2 weeks ago I also began to have that bunched up sock feeling in both feet, especially when wearing shoes. Now the tops of my feet are starting to feel numb. No pain. I'm wondering why this came on seemingly so suddenly, I don't have any spinal issues. I'm thinking it's neurological, hope they do some research on this.
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  • I am 44, and I too have the numbness in the pads of my feet. Yesterday, while visiting my primary, I asked about this. His reply, I'm losing weight in bottoms of my feet. WTFNext week I have an appt with my RA Doctor and will follow up with him and post his response back here.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 15, 2009
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  • Okay, here we go. I am 57 AND....drum roll ...the bottoms of my feet went numb as they did 10 years ago this month. (Sept). It lasted about 1 year (like walking on rocks/glass) and then just desensitized for the next 9 years and barely noticeable. Then a couple weeks ago, exact same thing. BOTH times I that the numbness onset came on, I had JUST been painting something, so am wondering if there was a heavy metal in the paint and it went into my hands or maybe I breathed in....OR perhaps it is delayed from a youth vaccine. There was mercury in them in those days, too! Just a guess as I have ZERO back problems, in EXCELLENT Health and fit. Nuerologist to Toxicologist could not figure it out 10 years ago either. All systems were normal. That is why I think it is a heavy metal that gravitized to the bottom of the body. Maybe that is why they call it Heavy Metal? Tee. It is a very weird feeling and I want to get to the"bottom of this" ! I will do a chelation and see if I can get it out of me. If so, will post back later.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 25, 2009
    • 11:58 PM
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