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What causes numbness in toes?

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Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2009

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Posted on Wed, 28 Oct 2015 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: Suddenly last Friday the two outside toes on my left foot went numb. I am not diabetic, and in good health, I am 70 years old. I do not wear heels and was doing nothing out of ordinary. They are not painful just numb. Any ideas?
Answered by Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
No worries. Watch. Probable transitional symptoms of nerve compression

Detailed Answer:
hi and thanks for the query

it is reassuring that you are not diabetic and with no apparent notion of trauma. it might however be interesting to know if this is the first time you are experiencing this kind if feeling or not. also important to know if you experience any pain there or not.

I am of the opinion that you might have had a compression of the nerve supplying this region with some false involuntary body movement or pressure. some movements or sleeping positions can cause nerve compression that manifests as such.

I suggest you just watch for a couple of days. it is I.portent to watch out for any loss of muscular force in those toes and consult rapidly if other toes become implicated .

if not, no worries as I belief this should be transitory .

thanks and kind regards. Please, do feel free asking further follow up questions in case of any specific needs.

kind regards

Dr Bain
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
Follow up: Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain 7 hours later
Thank you I feel relieved. I did experience some pain in the ball of my foot it passed quickly. I didn't notice the numbness until I removed my shoes. I will watch it for a few more days. I appreciate your interest and help. XXXX
Answered by Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain 16 hours later
Brief Answer:
Thanks also and best of health

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks too.

Wishing you the best of health.

DR Bain
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