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Right big toe numb for weeks. Small bunion. Never wear tight shoes or heels.

Right big toe numb for weeks. Small bunion. Never wear tight shoes or heels.

Many possibilities: Numbness can occur from various reasons. Some potential causes include vitamin deficiency, nerve damage, nerve compression, alcohol over consumption, side effects of different medications, or as a result of different systemic medical conditions such as diabetes. Get evaluated by a professional to determine the diagnosis. Treatment is based on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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1-must wear straight shoe lasts for overpronation & flat feet? 2-can sneakers have mesh and leather tops?

1-must wear straight shoe lasts for overpronation & flat feet? 2-can sneakers have mesh and leather tops?

??: Not so much a straight last as much as a last of some kind / cheaper shoes may look ok but if you can bend the shoe easily at the heel-forefoot junction then this is not a good shoe for you a good shoe with a last coupled with a good otc or custom made orthotic is the ticket as long as the construction is of reasonable quality what the upper is made from is not too much of an issue. ...Read more

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Use orthotic 4 overpronation+bunion used 2 wear aa width shoe age+bunin med width now.Heel backof heel&ankle still narrow should wear custom made shoe?

Use orthotic 4 overpronation+bunion used 2 wear aa width shoe age+bunin med width now.Heel backof heel&ankle still narrow should wear custom made shoe?

Gel heel liner: There are so many shapes and sizes of feet that shoe manufacturers cannot possibly make shoes for every need. What i would recommend you do is find a shoe that fits your toes and then purchase a gel heel liner that goes into the back of the shoe to help snug the shoe around the heel. You can search online for gel heel liners and you will likely find a company that sells them.N. ...Read more

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Orthotic 4 overpronation used 2 wear aa shoe med now.Heel, back of heel ankle still slim use heeliner in all shoes even if think m shoe fits heelfine?

Orthotic 4 overpronation used 2 wear aa shoe med now.Heel, back of heel ankle still slim use heeliner in all shoes even if think m shoe fits heelfine?

Overkill: No, although the orthotic can address overpronation, no need for an extra heeliner. This will make the shoe too tight and uncomfortable. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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New sandals wore to tight across boney top of foot. Next morning had sharp pain in bare foot, puffy vein, itching then a bruise. This from shoes?worry

New sandals wore to tight across boney top of foot. Next morning had sharp pain in bare foot, puffy vein, itching then a bruise. This from shoes?worry

Why Worry.: It certainly sounds like it is. Not to worry. The shoe has put some stress on the soft tissues of the foot. The tissues have responded accordingly and now need time to repair. Rest the foot as much as possible, try not to put too much shoe pressure on the sore spot. Applying some ice to the area may help as well as taking some NSAIDS. If things don't improve in a couple of days, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I wore ballet flats 2 days ago that were too tight. I noticed that night my big toe felt numb. Now I have pins & needles soles of feet. Concern?

I wore ballet flats 2 days ago that were too tight. I noticed that night my big toe felt numb. Now I have pins & needles soles of feet.  Concern?

Not right now.: Ill fitting shoes can give you acute symptoms like this in your feet, especially if you were active on your feet. If your pains persist beyond a week or two, you may wish to be seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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Did I get fluid filled bunions on my feet from wearing excessively tight shoes?

Did I get fluid filled bunions on my feet from wearing excessively tight shoes?

Yes: You are either referring to bunions (which relates to your big toe, and are not fluid filled) or blisters (which are fluid filled). Either way, you shouldn't be wearing excessively tight shoes. ...Read more

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Will walking on my insoles or wearing shoe inserts help straighten my bow legs?

Will walking on my insoles or wearing shoe inserts help straighten my bow legs?

No: You have a problem with the bones and this will not be fixed by shoe inserts. ...Read more

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I wear orthotic 4 over-pronation & bunion. Leather ankle booties which tie up r what i wear. Inserts unmovable. I place orthotics on top of them is ok?

I wear orthotic 4 over-pronation & bunion. Leather ankle booties which tie up r what i wear. Inserts unmovable. I place orthotics on top of them is ok?

Yes: Should be fine since boots have more depth. Just make sure liner is flat and does not tilt orthotics. Try it out and see if they feel any different compared to shoes without liners. If unsure consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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22 female, properly fitted shoes. Right foot, painful baby toe [knuckle]. ?

22 female, properly fitted shoes. Right foot, painful baby toe [knuckle]. ?

Pinky Toe: You may have a hammertoe or bone spur even though the shoes may fit. Have podiatrist look at it. ...Read more

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37 year old w/ kyphotic lordosis. In childhood had hip correction. Has over/hyper pronation. Can custom insole aliviate joint and back pain?

37 year old w/ kyphotic lordosis. In childhood had hip correction. Has over/hyper pronation. Can custom insole aliviate joint and back pain?

May need orthotics: You may have a foot problem that is being passed "up the kinetic chain." see a podiatrist for a recommendation on if orthotics could be right for you. If you want to try an over-the-counter product first, try spenco total support insoles. http://www.spenco.com/products/footcare/total-support-insoles. ...Read more

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Extremely painful tibialis sheen on long or fast walk. I already wear custom orthoses with arch sup &metatarsal pad for flat foot and metatarsal pain?

Extremely painful tibialis sheen on long or fast walk. I already wear custom orthoses with arch sup &metatarsal pad for flat foot and metatarsal pain?

CLARIFICATION: "Tibialis sheen?" Do you mean tib. posterior or tib. anterior? I will speak to the tibialis posterior tendon. If this is your diagnosed problem, I always utIlize an MRI to look at the tendon. Then, orthoses, bracing, or a cast can be tried depending upon the integrity of the tendon. Therapy is another option. If all these fail, surgery can be discussed. I have pretty good success with a brace. ...Read more

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Injured arch & began walking on outside edge of my foot for five weeks. Foot changed shape, pinkie became a bit claw toe.Reversible by stretching?

Injured arch & began walking on outside edge of my foot for five weeks. Foot changed shape, pinkie became a bit claw toe.Reversible by stretching?

Compensation.: You are exhibiting a phenomena called "compensation". You are under using certain parts of your body while, at the same time, over using others. This can be quite damaging if allowed to continue. An immediate exam and evaluation is necessary to determine just what was injured and how to return it to normal function. In short, your biomechanics are off. ...Read more

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I have over-pronation & use orthotic. Told heel counter in shoe should hold foot snugly. Foot heel does ride up, how much too much?

I have over-pronation & use orthotic. Told heel counter in shoe should hold foot snugly. Foot heel does ride up, how much too much?

Shoe counter: It may well be impossible to find an otc shoe that fits that well . If there is a lot of room move to a narrower shoe and remove the inner liner of the shoe as well to allow the orthotic to fit better. You may need some additions to the counter area of the shoe (inside) as well to promote fit. Good luck. ...Read more

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My foam shoe orthotic only comfortable in very few shoes. Often puts pressure wrong place. Would custom orthotics mean I could wear most shoes?

My foam shoe orthotic only comfortable in very few shoes. Often puts pressure wrong place. Would custom orthotics mean I could wear most shoes?

Yes an No.: Orthotics, whether custom or OTC can be a problem with finding shoes to accommodate them. I have had patients bring in shopping bags full of various orthotics prescribed for them. In most cases, these patients are frustrated with the limited selection of shoes they can wear. This dilemma often forces the patient to choose to skip wearing the orthotic, which is counter productive to having the it. ...Read more

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About 3 months ago had baby, now my toes hurt when I wear high heels and jam feet into old shoes. Is foot fractured?

About 3 months ago had baby, now my toes hurt when I wear high heels and jam feet into old shoes. Is foot fractured?

Doubt it: Just had baby 3 months ago, you might still be swollen from fluid retention. An xray can confirm if your toe is fractured.Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can i wear regular walking shoes for recovery after big toe fracture?

Can i wear regular walking shoes for recovery after big toe fracture?

Thick soles are best: The stiffer the sole of the shoe, the less the toe bends. The less it bends, the faster it heals. ...Read more

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