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Will a podiatrist treat foot pain and numb legs?

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In brief: Pain and numbness

Need to consider a peripheral neuropathy and causes are many.
Small fiber variants are notorious for causing a combination of pain and numbness, but nerve compression at ankle can cause tarsal tunnel syndrome. In the end to uncover causation, an experienced neurologist can work closely with a podiatrist.

In brief: Pain and numbness

Need to consider a peripheral neuropathy and causes are many.
Small fiber variants are notorious for causing a combination of pain and numbness, but nerve compression at ankle can cause tarsal tunnel syndrome. In the end to uncover causation, an experienced neurologist can work closely with a podiatrist.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Corey Clay
consider metabolic/endocrine problems too. In short, podiatrist treats foot complications of many diseases and a family doctor or specialist treats the disease itself. Good luck!
Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Great place to start.
Referrals as needed for the numbness (possibly neurologist ) Good Luck.

In brief: Yes

Great place to start.
Referrals as needed for the numbness (possibly neurologist ) Good Luck.
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

A podiatrist will be able to tell you if your foot pain is due to something going on in your foot or higher up.
If your foot pain (and leg numbness) is due to something above the feet (like your lower back), nothing that's done to your feet will help you, as the problem lies higher up. If that's the case, an orthopedist, neurologist or physiatrist is the person to see.

In brief: Yes and no

A podiatrist will be able to tell you if your foot pain is due to something going on in your foot or higher up.
If your foot pain (and leg numbness) is due to something above the feet (like your lower back), nothing that's done to your feet will help you, as the problem lies higher up. If that's the case, an orthopedist, neurologist or physiatrist is the person to see.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
A biomechanical problem in the foot can have a direct impact on the lower back. Hence, if a person has a lower back pain, correcting for example a flatfoot can indeed help a problem higher up as in the back.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Have it evaluated.

Your pain could be as a result of many different things.
A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy).

In brief: Have it evaluated.

Your pain could be as a result of many different things.
A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy).
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