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Foot Numbness
Question:

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?

Answer:

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.

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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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