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Portion of my left big toe has lost feeling (1 week now). No injury to the area or apparent cause. What could be causing this?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Pinched nerve

Numbness usually indicates a pinched nerve.
In this case, great toe numbness could potentially indicate a pinched L4 nerve in your low back. The good news is that most pinched nerves will get better with time, so it would be reasonable to just watch it for a couple weeks. Do see a physician if symptoms persist or worsen.

In brief: Pinched nerve

Numbness usually indicates a pinched nerve.
In this case, great toe numbness could potentially indicate a pinched L4 nerve in your low back. The good news is that most pinched nerves will get better with time, so it would be reasonable to just watch it for a couple weeks. Do see a physician if symptoms persist or worsen.
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine

In brief: Local nerve "pinch"

If the numbness is ONLY in a portion of the big toe it is due to compression of a superficial nerve supplying the skin in that area of the big toe.
This could be from shoes too tight or an injury to the area. It's likely to be temporary but of course if it persists you should check with your physician.

In brief: Local nerve "pinch"

If the numbness is ONLY in a portion of the big toe it is due to compression of a superficial nerve supplying the skin in that area of the big toe.
This could be from shoes too tight or an injury to the area. It's likely to be temporary but of course if it persists you should check with your physician.
Dr. David Lipkin
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