A 34-year-old female asked:
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i have been diagnosed with a bulging disc in lower spine. now my second toe on both feet go numb, not at the same time. sometimes it will be my heel.

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Dr. Mark Weston
31 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Bulges: Disc bulges are asymptomatic incidental finding, i rarely use them to explain any symptom jbackache or numbness i doubt your toe numbness is related bulges are present in 30% of asymptomatic volunteers on mri, keep looking for scource of symptoms new working diagnosis is in order.
Answered on May 26, 2013
Dr. Gerald Mandell
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Several possibilitie: Numbness and tingling in toes can be related to pressure on nerves in the lumbar spine. Usual causes can include bulging or herniated lumbar discs, as well as degenerative bone spurs. Your physician can correlate with MRI findings. Other sources are local nerve overgrowth, morton neuroma. Shoes that don't fit correctly cause pressure. Metabolic problems such as diabetes, another possibility.
Answered on May 10, 2015
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