Why Do My Feet Feel Numb?

Experiencing numbness in your feet can be caused by many factors ranging from something as simple as sitting too long in one position to something as potentially dangerous as diabetic nerve damage. Foot numbness can result in poor balance and debilitating falls, especially in the elderly, so be sure to see your foot doctor if your feet feel numb to prevent these outcomes.

Some of the many possible causes of loss of feeling and tingling in your feet and ankles may include the following:

  • Injury—Losing the sense of feeling or having a pins and needles sensation often occurs after a foot or ankle injury.
  • Neuroma—These are benign growths that occur around nerves. They frequently affect a nerve between the third and fourth toes in the feet, causing a condition known as Morton’s neuroma.
  • Circulation problems or a pinched nerve—You can cut off circulation to your feet or pinch a nerve during a long bus or plane trip by sitting in one place for too long. Try to get up and stretch your legs several times during the journey.
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy—Complications of diabetes can cause numbness and tingling in the feet and ankles and other extremities.
  • Overpronating—If you are overpronating due to poorly treated flat feet, the pressure can cause nerve anomalies that cause numbness and tingling.
  • Slipped disc—A slipped or damaged spinal disc may cause foot and ankle nerve problems.

Fortunately, many cases of foot numbness can be traced and treated by your foot doctor.

For numbness and tingling in your feet and ankles, make an appointment with your foot doctor for the proper care. Contact Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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