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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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

No, not Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): Toe numbness is not an expected effect from any stimulant. Much more likely to be related to shoes or something else that happened to you right around the time the numbness started. If it truly numb and staying that way, I suggest you go in to your doctor to have it examined. Numbness of this type is almost always due to circulation problems or mild nerve damage.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.".

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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.

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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.

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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.