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A 45-year-old female asked:

My big toe is partially numb after my sesamoidectomy 3 weeks ago. will the numbness go away? how long does this take?

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A Verified Doctoranswered
30 years experience
Numbness: Surgery may cause tissue irritation (expected). Tissue healing involves the skin, soft tissue , and surrounding nerves. It could take 9 months for healing including the numbness (neuroma). If you can move you toes, then nerve us not damaged. Massage area it helps healing, give it time.
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Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Probably, months: Depending on what sesamoid was taken out, some nerves can get stretched or damaged. A stretched nerve will usually recover over a few months but improvement may continue for up to 18 months. A damaged nerve may recover, bit there may be some permanent numbness. Only time will tell and there is not much to do in the meantime.
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Last updated Jun 28, 2018
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