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Doctor insights on: Tight Shoes Numb Toes

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Can tight shoes make your toes numb?

Can tight shoes make your toes numb?

Yes: If too tight it can compress the nerves and cause numbness.

Tightness (Definition)

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Hello, I am having numbness (x14 days) along the medial aspect of my big toes after wearing tight shoes - I understand this is likely secondary to MPJ compression. How long does it usually take for sensory function returns to normal? Thank you!

Hello, I am having numbness (x14 days) along the medial aspect of my big toes after wearing tight shoes - I understand this is likely secondary to MPJ compression. How long does it usually take for sensory function returns to normal? Thank you!

A slow Return.: Difficult to come up with a figure. More than likely the shoes damaged the nerve enough to reduce the nerve impulse conductivity. Consider the fact that wearing any shoe may influence the speed of recovery. The nerve has to obtain a minimum degree of healing before feeling even begins to come back. Kind of like taking three steps forward and one step back. Applying heat may speed the healing up.

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What can I do for a toe that went numb wearing tight shoes?

What can I do for a toe that went numb wearing tight shoes?

Can try: If nerve damage occurred, than numbness might be permanent, but you can try wearing mor roomy shoes and see if numbness will resolve.

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Can tight shoes cause your big toe to go numb?

Can tight shoes cause your big toe to go numb?

Yes: Yes. The pressure on the sides of the foot can pinch the digital nerves and cause numbness.

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I have been wearing slightly tight shoes for five days since the third day My big toe feels partly numb and it has not stopped for 3 days what to do?

I have been wearing slightly tight shoes for five days since the third day My big toe feels partly numb and it has not stopped for 3 days what to do?

Neurapraxia: This is like a bruising of the nerve. It can take days to weeks to resolve, but it usually does. Avoid further damage by wearing very loose shoes for now.

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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.

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Can wearing really tight shoes cause you to have claw toe?

Can wearing really tight shoes cause you to have claw toe?

Possibly: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively.

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I wore tight shoes for a while and now there is a layer of hard skin on my small toe. I file it away but it remains discoloured and it keeps growin bk?

I wore tight shoes for a while and now there is a layer of hard skin on my small toe. I file it away but it remains discoloured and it keeps growin bk?

Pressure...: The truth is that the more you file it away, the faster it will come back. The treatment is to remove the pressure that either has, is or will cause irritation to the little toe. This can be done by wearing shoes that do not cause the skin to be trapped between the shoe and the bone, thus reducing the causative pressure. The other way is to remove the bone in the toe that is causing pressure.

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My big toe really hurts after I wear tight shoes. Is this bad for my feet?

Can be: Tight shoes can lead to ingrown toenails and other deformities like bunions and hammertoes. If the shoes are tight enough and you wear them long enough you can even create some nerve damage in the great toe.

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I have this bump type thing on my pinky toe but it's on the inside. If I wear tight shoes for awhile it does hurt, what could this be?

I have this bump type thing on my pinky toe but it's on the inside. If I wear tight shoes for awhile it does hurt, what could this be?

Toe Bone Spur.: The bump is caused by the toe bones in the little toe putting pressure on the toe bones of the fourth toe. The toe bones (phalanges) have sharp areas sticking out. If the sharp areas line up just perfect, than the skin in between them becomes irritated. In time, the tissue becomes firm and you feel it. If you had your little toe x-rayed, there will be only two phalanges, not three. Easily fixed.

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I have buzzing feeling in my pinky toe its off and on seems like it only occurs when I wear tight shoes Idk if that causes it been stressed over it.

Could be nerve: Or a corn, if it only happens with tight shoes they are probably putting pressure on the toe, this can compress a nerve or force the toe to rub on the 4th toe creating a corn or on the shoe on the outside of the toe to create a corn also. Easy fix is don't wear the shoes that cause the problem.

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My toe nails got grey stripes, its from deep beneath. Can this be due to wearing tight shoes?

Stripes: If all the nails have this it is probably not serious. If one nail has it, it might need to be looked at. Many medical conditions effect the toenails so I would need your medical history to see if anything else is causing this problem.

Poorly Fitting Shoes (Definition)

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Toes (Definition)

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