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Cause of numbness in one heel?

3 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 19 years experience
Nerve entrapment: The most common cause of numbness in the heel is due to a nerve entrapment. A condition called tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause the the heel and possible the foot to become numb. Orthotics and steroid injections are usually treatments used to alleviate the symptoms. If the symptoms persist surgery to release the tarsal tunnel is needed. Please seek medical attention for this condition.
Dr. Michael Wynn
Podiatry 40 years experience
Great strides in neurolysis have been made by Lee Dellon MD...and the doctors he has trained over the years....surgical results have improved. Dr. Teichman is right...seek medical attention.
Mar 18, 2012
Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 31 years experience
Nerve dysfunction: Nerve dysfunction from a local irritation (entrapment, compression, stretch), more proximal irritation (herniated disc), or systemic problem (diabetes) can produce local numbness in one heel. A proper exam would be needed to better delineate the exact cause.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Podiatry 10 years experience
Nerve compression: Numbness can be associated with nerve injuries. This may be due to swelling in the heel or traction of the nerve caused by lack of support for your foot. The nerve in question is a branch of the tibial nerve. Just like carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, you can get entrapment of the tibial nerve in the ankle. You probably just need support in your arch so get superfeet supports or see doc.

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