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A 46-year-old female asked:

tips of both big toes are numb, one more than the other.no discolouration. shoes are wide and have orthotic inserts. ideas?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Digital nerve: This could be the onset of neuropathy, but more likely, compression of the nerves on the sides of the toes causes this. If it is tight inside the tip of your shoes, the answer is compression.

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