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What Causes Toes To Curl Up
What might cause toes to curl up and seize during sleep, or when horizontal. May be accompanied by numbness & tingling (poor circulation?)?
Probably not: Toe curling is more often caused by muscle cramping. This is usually from fatigue from poor support or faulty biomechanics. Sometimes dehydration or electrolyte imbalance is to blame. Poor circulation will usually cause pain when active rather than at rest. See your podiatrist for a full evaluation. ...Read more
Locking toes?: If you are referring to toes that lock and curl, they are referred to as hammertoes or clawtoes. This is an abnormal compensation for pronation of the foot against the ground, which causes the toes to "grab" the ground. This is a progressive slow orthopedic problem that can cause callouses and ulcers to the top of the toes over time. Seek a local podiatrist for an x-ray evaluation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Nails or toes?: If you mean the toes themselves, this is a little worrisome. Usually the skin will turn black if there is tissue death--necrosis--of the skin. This can happen if blood vessels are damaged or inflamed. Sometimes, blood under the skin can cause this appearance as well. If you mean the nails, that can be a sign that a mold has gotten under the nails. Either way, I recommend a doctor visit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several possibilits: The most common cause would be compression during the later stages of pregnancy. There is little compression around 12 wks but as the pregnancy progresses, less room is available and the feet and hands are occasionally placed in odd positions that would include overlap. Another would relate to chromosome defects or syndrome features. ...Read more
Vasoconstriction: The toes feel cold all the time because of vasoconstriction in the toes & feet. This vasoconstriction is caused by sympathetic hyperactivity. Habits such as cigarette smoking, poor circulation in the legs from diabetes or pad (peripheral arterial dz) are the causes. Tx consists of smoking cessation, control of diabetes, treatment of pad & keeping the feet warm to help with vasodilation in toes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: This would need a more extensive evaluation as sitting would not be out first thought. We would look at neurologic or vascular causes and your physician would help in the evaluation. ...Read more
My 3rd and 4th toes are tingley and need to be stret@he'd out to function...What is the cause of this?
Aunt, at times feels, a painful pinning in her toes. What could be the cause? Is there something she can do to stop it from happening?
Possible neuropathy: Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of neuropathy can range anywhere from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. For some people, these symptoms are mild; for others, neuropathy can be painful and disabling. Get her evaluated by a professional to determine the exact cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a medium size hole on the side of one of my toes, then after few days my toes started turning black, what could be the cause of this?
Emergency room now: If this is actively happening now, you need to go to the emergency room as soon as possible. It sounds as if the blood flow to your toe has stopped and it is in the process of necrosis, or dying. In addition to losing your toe, it could make you incredibly ill. This is not something to take lightly. I wish you a good outcome. ...Read more
Bent toe.: People can get hammertoes several different ways, including just an unlucky roll of the genetic dice, but the fundamental result is usually the same: a toe that has drawn back and no longer sits straight or "flat". Sometimes it's only a tendon that holds the toe in that position, other times there's arthritis involved: these tend to be more rigid, and require surgery if you want them corrected. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Instability: Toe deformities arise from instability (or occasionally trauma) of the feet. Faulty biomechanics cause tendons to pull the toes crooked and the joints buckle. Caught early, supportive shoegear and possibly orthotics can help prevent further deformity. Once it has progressed, surgery is usually necessary to correct irritation and pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tight shoes or nerve: A toe going numb can be due to a tight pair of shoes or swelling into the shoes. Alternative answer may be a neuroma to the foot that would cause numbness into several toes. If the entire foot is numb, it may be due to neuropathy. See your podiatrist for proper treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many things: For a healthy person, probably the most common cause is a neuroma especially if it just two toes that are numb. Other causes are neuropathy for example that whih is associated with diabetes. Tight shoes such as cycling shoes or high heels are another cause. I recommend seeing a podiatrist so you can have a thorough history and physical exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer