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What causes numbness on toes after walking on ice?

Hi...I was hunting; walkling around in snow all day dec 4...my toes were extremely cold at the time. My toes are still numb on the tips - no discoloration or blistering. I have no doubt I damaged something...My questions is - will the numbness stop/go away over time?
Thu, 26 Mar 2020
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Hi,

Continuous exposure to cold temperatures results in construction of blood vessels,which in turn results in numbness due to loss blood supply to nerves. Recovery of sensation is unpredictable. If I was treating doctor, I would have advised few investigation and proceed accordingly. I would recommend that you visit a foot surgeon at the earliest.

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

Regards,
Dr. Rajesh Gayakwad, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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What causes numbness on toes after walking on ice?

Hi, Continuous exposure to cold temperatures results in construction of blood vessels,which in turn results in numbness due to loss blood supply to nerves. Recovery of sensation is unpredictable. If I was treating doctor, I would have advised few investigation and proceed accordingly. I would recommend that you visit a foot surgeon at the earliest. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Rajesh Gayakwad, Orthopaedic Surgeon