Why are my feet numb?

Why are my feet numb?


Posted by bjhawk Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 07:16
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A common question that many patients ask is why do my feet feel numb? Although it’s a simple question there is a complex answer or should I say a complexity of answers.   First off to understand why a foot can feel numb we need to understand that two things are crucial for sensation or feeling. One of these is normal and adequate blood flow and the other is normal nerves. If one or both of these components is interrupted then the body will feel some sort of weird feeling. Often my patients complain of numbness, tingling, burning or a sensation of a glove on their foot.    A couple examples of this when we hit our funny bone or when we are sitting for a period of time and we notice that our foot has fallen asleep. Both of these examples are similar yet one relates to the blood flow and the other to the nerve being pinched.   So why does your foot feel numb. Well there are a couple of pathologies in the foot that can cause this. One is known as tarsal tunnel syndrome. If any of you have heard of carpal tunnel then this is the kissing cousin. It’s where one of the major nerves in the foot becomes inflamed and irritated.   Another reason why people feel numbness in their feet can be related to diet. There are several vitamins that help to support and maintain normal nerve function and when a person lacks these vitamins their nerves will act up.   On small reason why individuals can feel numbness or feel like there are marbles in their shoes is from a small nerve being pinched. This is medical terminology is called neuroma and can be easily treated.   Other reasons for numbness include diabetes, excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to various chemical and pesticides as well as various types of arthritis and or back injuries.   Now the question that everyone is asking to themselves. Can any or all of these problems be treated? The answer…..drum roll please. YES! They are all treatable including the numbness associated with diabetes and with arthritis. The only thing you need to do is make appointment so those crazy sensations can go away. Remember happy feet make for happy lives!