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Will massaging or soaking my feet help to make the numbness go away in my toes caused by wearing high heels? Possibly a pinched nerve.

Will massaging or soaking my feet help to make the numbness go away in my toes caused by wearing high heels? Possibly a pinched nerve.

Foot massage: Foot massage is extremely helpful for foot numbness because it increases circulation. Numbness is due to decreased circulation especially to nerves which alter sensation. It's not likely a pinched nerve per se but compression of all your foot structures. A soak and massage should be good....And laying off the high heels may be good too. :-). ...Read more

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After wearing high heels out on the town for an evening, my girlfriends left middle toe has been numb for the last two days, should she be concerned?

After wearing high heels out on the town for an evening, my girlfriends left middle toe has been numb for the last two days, should she be concerned?

May be: This is typical of (morton's) neuroma which is an entrapped nerve. Avoid wearing high heels for a while and see if the numbness dissolves. If not she may need further treatment such as injections and/or surgical intervention. ...Read more

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After wearing high heels for a very long time one day most of my foot was numb now not quite a year later my big toes are partially numb still and my legs feel like they're just starting to fall asleep for long peiods of time?

After wearing high heels for a very long time one day most of my foot was numb now not quite a year later my big toes are partially numb still and my legs feel like they're just starting to fall asleep for long peiods of time?

Not just shoes: Digital nerves can be compressed by tight shoes causing the toes to become numb. But sensory change in the leg involves different nerves. Also circulatory change can cause leg numbness too. So you have 2 different things going on. ...Read more

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After wearing my high heels my toes are numb. What can I do.?

After wearing my high heels my toes are numb. What can I do.?

Stop wearing: The heels. Your toes maybe squeezing together and you many have one or two neuromas (nerve compressions.) you can ice the bottom of the forefoot as well and try and wear wider shoes or just ones that don't compress. ...Read more

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When I wear high heels my middle toe goes numb, what could it be?

When I wear high heels my middle toe goes numb, what could it be?

They might: Narrow fitting shoes or high heels can put a lot of force in the ball of the foot. This causes pinching of the interdigital nerves, and if irritated enough might lead to a neuroma. This can cause numbness, or can cause intense pain.

Shoes with lower heels and have room for the toes are idea. If this persists see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I wore high heels and now I have a numb big toe?

I wore high heels and now I have a numb big toe?

Nerve pressure: Heels can cause toe numbness either by forcing the toe to bend more that it wants, or if the vamp pressures the top of the toe. Either way, it's nerves can be injured by pressure. They will usually heal if no further injury occurs. There is little you can do but wait....And wear flats. ...Read more

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I went out on Saturday night wearing high heels, my second and third toes on both feet have been numb now for three days?

I went out on Saturday night wearing high heels, my second and third toes on both feet have been numb now for three days?

Neuropraxia.: Fret not. It sounds as though you have caused a common digital nerve supplying the toes to become compromised. It may take a week or two for full recovery. Give rest a chance and avoid those shoes unless you want to compile your injury. ...Read more

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I wore high heels to a dance about 6 days ago, one toe is still feeling a bit numb. It feels fine in shoes but numb without. Should I be worried?

I wore high heels to a dance about 6 days ago, one toe is still feeling a bit numb. It feels fine in shoes but numb without. Should I be worried?

No: No, I would not be worried. In all likelihood, your forefoot is probably wider than the shoes you wore that night. That can cause compression of the nerves between the toes resulting in the numbness you are describing. If it progresses, it is commonly known as a Morton' s neuroma. There are other potential causes as well. If it bothers you don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Girlfriend wore high heels to a wedding 5 days ago and middle toe is still numb. What's the cause/what can we do? Happened before but never this long.

High heel toe pain: This problem most likely represents a "compression neuropathy" where the force of the high heels driving the forefoot into the toe box has seriously compressed the forefoot and the digital nerves that run berween the toes. There is nothing you need to do. It will heal but may take up to 3-6 weeks. The obvious solution is lower heels or more training to this kind of footwear. ...Read more

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Wore high heels yesterday, today big toe is numb. Could this be related? If it continues, how long do I give it before seeking medical care?

Numbness: The numbness could be related to the shoes. If the shoes are tight, they could impinge upon the small nerves of the toe and cause temporary damage. I would expect this numbness to return over the next few days as long as you can avoid tight shoes. If the numbness continues, contact a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I stand 5 hours with high heels (which I always do)then danced 5 hours bare foot. Then the next day until today (day4) my toes are very numb. What is it?

I stand 5 hours with high heels (which I always do)then danced 5 hours bare foot. Then the next day until today (day4) my toes are very numb. What is it?

You put too much: Pressure on the nerves in your feet and that results in temporary numbness. I had that for days after borrowing a ski boot that was too tight. Don't worry. The feeling will come back in a few more days. ...Read more

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Hello doctor. I wore high heels about 2 months ago. Around 4inches and danced etc. Since then my toes of left feet are numb, what's it?

Hello doctor. I wore high heels about 2 months ago. Around 4inches and danced etc. Since then my toes of left feet are numb, what's it?

Numb toes, high heel: You may have compressed the nerves in your foot. You could have a neuroma between your toes. Avoid high heels/tight shoes and see if it improves. If not, see a podiatrist or orthopaedic doctor. ...Read more

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I wore high heels for a long period of time and now my two toes on my left foot are somewhat numb. It's been 5 days so far. What could the problem be?

I wore high heels for a long period of time and now my two toes on my left foot are somewhat numb. It's been 5 days so far. What could the problem be?

Unclear: Despite the use of the shoes for a long time does not rule out either a pressure neuropathy or trauma. It may take longer and are you continuing to wear the high heels? You may want to stop using them for an extended period of time. If does not result you may want to consult a podiatrist. This may take a while to resolve. ...Read more

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When I wear high heels, the arch of my foot feels likes a pulled muscle. Sharp pain and my big toe goes numb. Any advice besides stop wearing heels?

When I wear high heels, the arch of my foot feels likes a pulled muscle. Sharp pain and my big toe goes numb. Any advice besides stop wearing heels?

How long??: How long havevyou had the symptoms and how high are the heels. Is the pain first in your big toe, and then in the arch? This may be a sign og big toe arthritis. Is the soreness in the arch independent of the hight of the heels you are wearing? Finally, how active are you in your heels. Walk a lot? Or no? This helps make the correct diagnosis and suggest treatment! ...Read more

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Bilateral numbness in my feet from the ball to the ends of my toes for about 2 yrs. I am on my feet a lot and I wear flats no heels or flip flops.

Neuropathy: Although there can be a lot of reasons for numbness to your feet, having numbness to both feet can come from menopause (assuming your age and gender are correct from the history above). There can be other causes of your neuropathy associated with back issues, other medical ailments, alcoholism, etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can numbness that started in one foot for a week, then included legs two months later, then arm in another two months be caused by slightly high BP?

Can numbness that started in one foot for a week, then included legs two months later, then arm in another two months be caused by slightly high BP?

Probably not: Speaks more to a neurological issue. See a neurologist for complete history and physical exam, and then targeted imaging such as MRI ...Read more

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What besides MS causes spinal cord lesion? Mri shows t3/4 high signal lesion with well-defined borders. Have l-side numbness chest-foot for weeks.

What besides MS causes spinal cord lesion? Mri shows t3/4 high signal lesion with well-defined borders. Have l-side numbness chest-foot for weeks.

Spinal cord lesions: The differential diagnosis of ms like lesions in the cord include: spinal cord neoplasms (eg, astrocytomas, ependymomas), sarcoidosis, transverse myelitis,
infarction of the spinal cord,
vasculitis and
radiation myelitis and subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord (vitamin B12 deficiency) among other causes. This one finding needs to be correlated with your clinical symptoms and labs. ...Read more

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Numbness in some toes after wearing heels. Walked barefoot in cold. Has lasted a week. Hurts to curl toes. No swelling/discoloration. What is wrong?

Numbness in some toes after wearing heels. Walked barefoot in cold. Has lasted a week. Hurts to curl toes. No swelling/discoloration. What is wrong?

Numbness: You didn't say where the numbness is. If it is at toes 3 and 4 it could be a neuroma. The walking barefoot in the cold, while not very smart, may not be a complicating factor unless you have frostbite. If that were the case you would have some puffiness in the affected area due to the freezing of the tissues and resultant cell lysis. See your podiatrist for help. ...Read more

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I get pain on my left foot and then the pain goes to my toes, then I get pain and numbness on my heel and toes it hurts so bad that I have to stop w?

I get pain on my left foot and then the pain goes to my toes, then I get pain and numbness on my heel and toes it hurts so bad that I have to stop w?

From what you: Share you may have a few issues or you may have one issue and it really needs to be examined. It is plausible you have a tarsal tunnel syndrome. It is plausible you have a neuroma and plantar fascitiis together. A good foot doc should be able to get to the bottom of your problem. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have tingling, pins and needles, some numbness in foot 3 weeks after 3rd met. ORIF, esp. When foot is elevated (pain on elevation, too)?

You prefer not to: Some cutaneous nerves may be cut during a surgery but usually with no permenant sequela. Tight bandages can sometimes cause an issue...other than that you have to let your surgeon know.... ...Read more

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Get Tingling and numbness in the 3 middle toes both feet. Stopped wearing shoes with heels 3 months. Starting to run/walk. Have good shoes. No help.

Get Tingling and numbness in the 3 middle toes both feet. Stopped wearing shoes with heels 3 months. Starting to run/walk. Have good shoes. No help.

Possible neuroma: Your symptoms sound nerve related. When nerves are compressed in the forefoot region they become inflamed and sometimes injured. This condition is known as a neuroma. You have started conservative tx by getting out of the high heels and into wider shoes. Custom insoles with metatarsal pads will also relieve pressure on nerves. Try OTC NSAIDS. If symptoms persist follow up with foot doc. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have planter facities but my heel don't hurt the bone under big toe and arch causing pain and numbness. What could it be?

My doctor says I have planter facities but my heel don't hurt the bone under big toe and arch causing pain and numbness. What could it be?

Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is not always the heel. The plantar fascial ligament runs from the heel bone (calcaneous) to the toes and is almost as wide as the entire bottom of the foot. Most of the time plantar fasciitis pain is in the heel, but can present in the ball of the foot are arch too. ...Read more

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Pain/numbness in right leg from buttock all the way down to big toe and numbness/burning sensation in groin? Can't stand on heels either or tip toes

Pain/numbness in right leg from buttock all the way down to big toe and numbness/burning sensation in groin? Can't stand on heels either or tip toes

Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs down the leg like you are describing. There are also potentially other causes as well. Usually a detailed history and exam can determine the cause. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Numbness in hands/fingers and heels radiating to toes cause? Pre-DM HTN PCOS Migraines Herniated Disc 21 yr old F 205lbs

Numbness in hands/fingers and heels radiating to toes cause? Pre-DM HTN PCOS Migraines Herniated Disc 21 yr old F 205lbs

The most common: Cause of numbness in hands/fingers in someone your age is carpal tunnel syndrome, but with it bothering your feet, too, it sounds more systemic such as peripheral neuropathy. This CAN occur even with pre-diabetes, before actual diabetes is diagnosed. The likelihood that this is caused by your migraine problem or the herniated disc (the disc would have to be very high in your neck) is small. See Doc ...Read more

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What treatment is there for numb toes from wearing high heels? Toes have been numb for a month now.

What treatment is there for numb toes from wearing high heels? Toes have been numb for a month now.

Could be a neuroma: If just 2 or 3 toes are "numb" this could be from a specific type of nerve irritation called a neuroma. If all the toes are numb, something else may be going on. See a podiatrist for a physical exam and diagnosis... Then specific treatment is much easier to recommend. ...Read more

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Wore high heels and circulation cut off in foot for at least 10 minutes. Felt numb. Feeling came back quickly after removing. Can this cause blood clot?

Wore high heels and circulation cut off in foot for at least 10 minutes. Felt numb. Feeling came back quickly after removing. Can this cause blood clot?

Not normally: You also may be dealing with a pinched nerve. Avoid those shoes and seek an evaluation by a podiatrist is the problem persists. ...Read more

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My heel is numb and I have a lump & pain on the side of my foot. (the inside of my left foot. My age is 54, I have high blood pressure, female?

My heel is numb and I have a lump & pain on the side of my foot. (the inside of my left foot. My age is 54, I have high blood pressure, female?

Pressure on nerve: The lump is pressing on a nerve causing your numbness. The lump may be a varicose vein or a cyst. An MRI and examination would tell. ...Read more

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Pain and numbness in toe and foot. Could I have neuroma?

Pain and numbness in toe and foot. Could I have neuroma?

+Mulder's sign: If the pain and burning is primarily at the base of the 3rd and 4th toes, then neuroma is highly likely. If pain is aggravated by tight shoes or tight stockings this would also be an indication. If the pain is relieved when you remove shoes and it feels better by rubbing the area, a neuroma is highly likely. Try wider shoes. Cortisone/alcohol sclerosing injections are helpful, then surgery. ...Read more

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