Numb toes

By Hoser32 Latest Reply 2011-06-23 13:34:22 -0500
Started 2011-06-22 22:20:57 -0500

Okay so i am a bit worried i have had my big toe and the toe next to it numb now for the last two days. Not sure if its my work shoes or something else. Has anyone had this before? I am think i need to make an appointment.

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Hoser32 2011-06-23 13:34:22 -0500 Report

So i called my Dr and she said to just wch for cuts and discoloration, she saidshe will checknit out but my appointments not for three weeks. She said if any of those things happen to go in right away. I thought it may have been my work shoes but i have been wearing flip flops and it still is numb. Idk we hall see what they say, its very uncomfortable though :(

YogaGal 2011-06-23 10:31:54 -0500 Report

I have really wide flat feet in part because I am addicted to not wearing shoes (I know, I know, so bad). When I exercise on the elliptical machine in my Nikes, my toes all go numb — it's due to the movement and my shoes. So your issue is probably nothing serious, but nonetheless something to get checked out by a doctor!

JoleneAL 2011-06-23 10:46:39 -0500 Report

Sounds like what happened to me. I found New Balance actually has a shoe for diabetics (has a medicare code and everything) and when I got the right size (wide feet, barefoot person too!) the problem went away.

JoleneAL 2011-06-23 08:35:39 -0500 Report

Hoser, I agree with jay 100%. I had the same problems when walking, my feet would go numb. When I finally went to the podiatrist, I found out I had the wrong size shoes. Apparently, although small in stature, I have "fat" (wide) feet. Once I found the right walking shoe (New Balance for Diabetics) my feet didn't go numb anymore. I also take Alpha Lipic Acid that is supposed to help with numbness, and it has for me.

jayabee52 2011-06-22 23:19:46 -0500 Report

Yes, Jose, make the appointment. You'll probably need to make it with your PCP and if you don't have a Podiatrist, have PCP write you a referral to a good diabetic Podiatrist. When you have loss of feeling it's not the time to mess around with it.

I think it is diabetic neuropathy ("DN"). I have DN also, but mine burns like fire from my knees down through my toes. When you lose feeling in your toes you run a big risk of possible amputation. You really don't want to go through that. I have a diabetic friend here in my apt complex who is recovering from an amputated gangrenous toe. He's recovering for about 6 months now and they put his foot in a hyperbaric chamber and just now his wound is beginning to heal over. I know because I take him to his wound care appointments 3 days a week. It doesn't look like much fun to me.

So be extra careful with your feet. Examine them carefully every night before you go to bed. Use a mirror on the floor if you can't see the bottoms of your feet. I have even heard it suggested that you get a mannifying mirror to examine your feet so you can see clearly what's happeining down there, if anything.

I pray that the podiatrist will find nothing wrong with your feet, or anything that is found will have a quick and easy fix.

You now have to be super vigilant about your feet now, Jose.

best regards

James Baker

Hoser32 2011-06-23 08:07:06 -0500 Report

Thank you for the information. I will call today and set an appointment. I did check my feet the appear to okay, i just hope its not serious.

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