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A 46-year-old male asked:

My wife's right foot is somehow insensitive and numb most of times. what is reason and treatment?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Affecting ONE foot: Generally when only one foot is involved, there is a nerve problem or impingement causing the numbness. She can have nerve conduction studies to find out where the problen lies, then get it treated.
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Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Nerve and/or diabete: If she has diabetes, this could be due to neuropathy. If its just one foot and it comes and goes then i would suspect a spine problem. Have her seen by an orthopaedic doctor soon.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Tarsal tunnel: Most likely answer would be mechanical compression of nerves at medial ankle (flexor retinaculum), perhaps due to excessive pronation, but could be early sign of peripheral neuropathy, or even referred problem from lower back. Might consider visit to podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon.
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Last updated Feb 25, 2017

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