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Numbness on right pinky toe and side of foot up until ankle bone. No pain at all or other discomfort. Been this way for 2 days. What do I do?

Numbness on right pinky toe and side of foot up until ankle bone. No pain at all or other discomfort. Been this way for 2 days. What do I do?

Nerve irritation.: The area you are describing seems to be describing a specific nerve route. The problem might involve irritation of a nerve in the foot. Less possibly, would involve irritation of a nerve exiting the spine in the back area. With no history of injury, look at your shoes and see if there is a possibility of the one being too tight. To remove all doubt, have the problem evaluated by a specialist. ...Read more

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Numbness started in right pinky toe, now its in my right leg. Burning sensation kind of. Worsens the more active I am. Walking, exercising, etc. HEL?

Numbness started in right pinky toe, now its in my right leg. Burning sensation kind of. Worsens the more active I am. Walking, exercising, etc. HEL?

Sciatica: There are several potential causes, one of the more common causes is a sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back and this can cause pain or numbness in the foot and leg. Don't hesitate to be seen to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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I have been getting periodic numbness in my pinky to middle toes on both feet for 5 months now my hands and feet are always freezing and my fingers tw?

I have been getting periodic numbness in my pinky to middle toes on both feet for 5 months now my hands and feet are always freezing and my fingers tw?

Raynauds?: Which is when the blood vessels in your hands and feet go into spasm, so less blood flows. Sometimes, raynaud's is associated with an underlying disease; sometimes not. Best to go to your doctor and get checked. ...Read more

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My left pinky toe goes numb every time I move it to the left at all and it will stay that way for 5+ hrs. What is the cause?

My left pinky toe goes numb every time I move it to the left at all and it will stay that way for 5+ hrs. What is the cause?

Numb toe: More than likely the Sural nerve is irritated from pressure from your shoes. Wear wider shoes to minimize the pressure in the foot and nerve. See your podiatrist for a full exam. ...Read more

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I just started working longer hour and yesterday my pinky toe went numb. I'm on my feel all day long. What could cause this?

In addition to: Dr. Kass' excellent answer, i'll add that if you have some sort of bony protrusion that happens to be right over the nerve that supplies your little piggy, the nerve can get sandwiched between the bony protrusion and your shoe causing something called neuropraxia which can cause you to feel numb. This condition may have been there a while, but now that you're on your feet more, it seems worse. ...Read more

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Lower disc pops out. Recently caused my left pinky toe to go numb. Back is back to normal and pain free but toes is still numb. Physical or emotion?

Lower disc pops out. Recently caused my left pinky toe to go numb. Back is back to normal and pain free but toes is still numb. Physical or emotion?

Physical: The discs in the spine can press on nerves that go all the way to the feet. A nerve compression can result in a "bruise" to the nerve with left over symptoms that can last several months until the nerve recovers. ...Read more

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My left pinky toe have been numb for 2 days, and when I walk and press on it, it causes some pain and weird feeling. What should I do?

My left pinky toe have been numb for 2 days, and when I walk and press on it, it causes some pain and weird feeling. What should I do?

Make sure your: Shoes are the correct size. Is the toe straight? Or does it lean into the fourth? You May have a hammertoe with an adductovarus rotation that is being compressed in a shoe.
Seek help of foot doctor if shoe modification does not help. ...Read more

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My pinky toe has been numb for 2 weeks. Could it be from my Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) medication? If so, would I have to stop taking it?

My pinky toe has been numb for 2 weeks. Could it be from my Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) medication? If so, would I have to stop taking it?

When did it start: Did the numbness in your toe start at the same time you started to take your medication? Have you told your doctor who prescribed this medicine these symptoms? ...Read more

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My right pinky toe keeps going numb and I'm not sure why. It doesn't turn colors and I haven't stubbed it and my shoes fit. What else could it be?

See below: It could be a nerve entrapment or just pressure on the nerve even though your shoes fit, the way you walk may still put pressure on it. ...Read more

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Right Pinky toe keeps going numb, when pressure is put on it (walking, etc) worked out the other day and whole right side started feeling numb off/on?

Right Pinky toe keeps going numb, when pressure is put on it (walking, etc) worked out the other day and whole right side started feeling numb off/on?

Varies: There are a number of potential causes, I would not hesitate to be seen. The two most common causes would likely be local irritation of the digital nerve running into the toe, verses a "sciatica"of the S1 nerve in the back. Make sure you are wearing shoes that have a wide enough forefoot to accommodate your foot and don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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MY pinky toe on my left foot has been numb for a week now?

MY pinky toe on my left foot has been numb for a week now?

Sleepy Toe.: Numbness of one or more of the little toes can start and end with complete mystery. The problem is commonly due to pressure applied to the toe. The pressure need not be dramatic, but can be subtle in nature applied over a longer time. Typically shoes are notorious for being the culprit. Try isolating a potential shoe and stop wearing it for a while. Give it some time to see if it resolves. ...Read more

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My pinky toe on my right foot had been numb for the past 2 days. What are some possible reasons for this? Should I be concerned?

My pinky toe on my right foot had been numb for the past 2 days. What are some possible reasons for this? Should I be concerned?

Maybe: It could be as simple as your shoes are too tight. It also could be a sign of a pinched nerve in your back. Monitor this and if it is getting worse, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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My toe has been numb all day starting this morning. Part of where it connects is numb too. Its scaring me. :/" pinky toe. Right foot..

My toe has been numb all day starting this morning. Part of where it connects is numb too. Its scaring me. :/" pinky toe. Right foot..

Have you been: Wearing any tight shoes of late? A tight shoe could cause this and if so should go away.
You could try soaking in warm water and epsom salt which will serve to vasodilate and allow more blood flow to the region to nourish nerves and see if that helps, if not consult with a foot doc. ...Read more

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I think my shoes were too tight and now my pinky toe has been slightly numb for a couple days. Should I be concerned?

I think my shoes were too tight and now my pinky toe has been slightly numb for a couple days. Should I be concerned?

Toe Can't Win This.: Slightly numb is a warning, that if this activity continues, further problem will present themselves. Further nerve damage, cellulitis, bursa formation, callous and possibly bone spur formation are just a few to think about. Best to make a shoe adjustment than a toe adjustment. ...Read more

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My pinky toe, bone under pinky toe and side of foot by pinky toe has been numb for 2 months. What could be causing this?

My pinky toe, bone under pinky toe and side of foot by pinky toe has been numb for 2 months. What could be causing this?

May or may not heal.: The area you are having numbness in seems to be totally delineated by the 1st sacral dermatome. The dysfunctional nerves could be in the back's sacral area, the peroneal nerve in the knee area, the lateral plantar and/or the sural nerves in the foot. Something has disrupted the nerve impulse along this route and the result is numbness. To remove all doubt, a neurologist needs to be consulted. ...Read more

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What is the reason that my toe is numb? Its the left pinky toe. Been quite some time, my shoes aren't tight and I have been exercising on regularly.

What is the reason that my toe is numb? Its the left pinky toe. Been quite some time, my shoes aren't tight and I have been exercising on regularly.

Plantar nerve proble: Digital branch of lateral plantar could be affected. To localism and find the cause see a neurologist, podiatrist. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my dislocated pinky toe to heal? I dislocated my pinky toe two days ago - the joint was inverted (i.E. The toe was pointed up). I popped it back in myself a few seconds after it happened. It burned and felt numb that evening bu

How long will it take for my dislocated pinky toe to heal? I dislocated my pinky toe two days ago - the joint was inverted (i.E. The toe was pointed up). I popped it back in myself a few seconds after it happened. It burned and felt numb that evening bu

You: You mean the one that went wee-wee-wee all the way home?

You either fractured it or dislocated it. My guess is you fractured it based on the fact it turned back and blue. Our bones are a tremendous reservoir for blood. When you break a bone, a good amount of blood escapes out into the soft tissues, and it could take a day or two before the blood makes it to the skin where we start to see discoloration. Ice helps during the first 24 hours, after that, not much. Heat would make it worse, so other than getting the thing x-rayed to see exactly what kind of damage was done, there is not much more you can do.

If the fracture involves the joint, you'll probably develop arthritis in the joint. It's a very small joint, so this won't be a disabling sort of arthritic condition, just an annoyance.

You can't tape a 5th toe (or a big toe) because the 5th and 1st toes move in different directions during the gait cycle than the middle toes. So (take a deep breath now).... You can tape a 2nd to a 3rd, or a 3rd to a 4th, or a 2nd to a 3rd and a 4th, but you can't tape a 1st to a 2nd or a 4th to a 5th. (exhale now)

the risk you run in running on it before it has a chance to heal is a non-union. You'll be spending the rest of your life in pain if you develop a non-union, and the only way around that is to have surgery to re-break the little guy and pin it for 6 weeks. So do yourself a favor and try and stay off the thing for a minimum of a month, and don't run for 6 weeks post-injury. If you do that, the chances are excellent your little piggy will live a long, happy and pain-free life on his way home. ...Read more

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The callus under my foot below my pinky toe stings and often makes my toe go numb it hurts to step on it as well do you know what it could be?

The callus under my foot below my pinky toe stings and often makes my toe go numb it hurts to step on it as well do you know what it could be?

Nerve problem.: There are small nerves in the toes called digital nerves. When these nerves are irritated, such as from repetitive pressure as can occur with running or tight shoes, it is called a "digital neuropathy." these symptoms are also sometimes caused by a problem in the lower back, a "radiculopathy.". ...Read more

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Was painting 7 days ago, put alot of pressure on right side of body. Noticed a bit of leg cramp during. Pinky toe numb since then. What is issue + fix?

Was painting 7 days ago, put alot of pressure on right side of body. Noticed a bit of leg cramp during. Pinky toe numb since then. What is issue + fix?

Needs to Heal.: As long as there is no swelling, bruising or pain in the area of the little toe, then you can rest easier. It sounds like you have caused an irritation to the nerve supplying the little toe. This type of injury and the symptoms resulting from it, generally disappear over time. It happens slowly, so be patient and give it some time. ...Read more

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What is the circle on my pinky toe?

Likely a corn: That can be filed with an emory board. ...Read more

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What could be causing my pinky toe to spasm randomly?

What could be causing my pinky toe to spasm randomly?

Possible: Vitamin deficiency like magnesium or potassium. Recommend you see a foot doc who can rule that out along with any biomechanical possible cause. ...Read more

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Can you dislocate your pinky toe?

Yes: You can dislocate any toe and or any finger. Any joint for that matter can be dislocated. ...Read more

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I have a broken or dislocated pinky toe?

Get an x-ray.: See a doctor and go for an x-ray. Depending on how long ago it happened and exactly where the fracture is (most pinky toes have 3 bones) will determine the proper treatment. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more