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Why Are My Toes Numb?

Losing the sensation in your toes can be very uncomfortable and a bit unsettling. Not only can numbness cause difficulty with walking, standing, and exercising, but also may be an indication of a more severe issue that needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a foot specialist.

Any time you are experiencing numbness or a loss of sensation to your extremities, it is due to some factor that interferes with the proper functioning of the nerves or blood vessels that supply the area.

Some of the most common causes of numbness in your toes and feet include:

  • Trauma. An injury to your toes can cause numbness. Swelling can inhibit nerve function as can direct damage to the nerve.
  • Fallen arches. The weight and pressure from flat feet or fallen arches can cause the nerves to become compressed resulting in numbness.
  • Spinal problems. A more general spinal problem such as a herniated disc can cause numbness in the toes.
  • Poorly fitting footwear. Shoes that constrict your toes or restrict the flow of blood can also cause nerve compression resulting in a numb feeling.
  • Cold. Numbness can also be a result of having cold feet.
  • Excessive sitting or standing. Remaining in one position for a long time can pinch the nerves in the legs and feet.
  • Morton’s neuroma. Abnormal tissue growth around a nerve sometimes located between the third and fourth toes can cause numbness.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive experience in evaluating the causes of numb toes, and are experts in providing the best care for any other problems you may be having with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

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