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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes numbness in the foot?

Hi Dr. I had noticed a sudden numbness at top left side of foot all the way to the ankle, not the whole left foot is numb just a small area up to the ankle .Its been about 12 hours and has not gone away but has not spread either.Do you have any idea? Thanks for your input and or any suggestions.
Fri, 5 Apr 2019
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist 's  Response

As there is numbness over the foot I think there will be a nerve entrapment at the L5-S1 level in the lumbar spine and needs an MRI. Since the individual nerve has its own dermatomes and myotomes to supply and work, this pathology might be leading to symptoms.

Doing core stability exercise, spinal muscle Strengthening exercises, hip muscle strengthening exercises, static quadriceps, static hamstring, straight leg raise and ankle toe movements should help improve the overall strength in the muscular system leading to stabilization of the spina and avoiding the symptoms.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Jay Indravadan Patel,
Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist
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