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   Numbness Toes
 
Definition:
Numbness Toes
 
Medical terms related to numbness toes :
Toe Numbness, Toe Tingling, Paresthesia, Tingling Toes
 
Common causes of numbness toes: 
o Frostbite
o Foot Compression (e.g Casts.)
o Foot Trauma
o Peroneal Nerve Irritation
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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome:
Compression of the tibial nerve or its associated branches as it passes underneath the flexor retinaculum at the ankle level or distally.
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Neuroma:
A tumor or mass growing from a nerve and usually consisting of nerve fibers.
o Degenerative Disc Disease
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Multiple Sclerosis (MS):
A demyelinating disease marked by patches of hardened tissue in the brain or the spinal cord and associated especially with partial or complete paralysis and jerking muscle tremor.
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Peripheral Neuropathy:
Damage to the peripheral nerves in which motor, sensory, or vasomotor nerve fibers may be affected and which is marked by muscle weakness, atrophy, pain, and numbness.
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Peripheral Vascular Disease:
Diseases affecting blood vessels outside of the heart and especially those vessels supplying the extremities( e.g. Raynaud's disease, Buerger's disease, atherosclerosis).
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Sciatica:
Pain along the course of a sciatic nerve especially in the back of the thigh caused by compression, inflammation, or reflex mechanisms.

Other Causes of numbness toes:
o Vasculitis:
Inflammation of a blood or lymph vessel;called also Angiitis.
o Raynaud's Disease:
A vascular disorder that is marked by recurrent spasm of the capillaries and especially those of the fingers and toes upon exposure to cold, that is characterized by pallor, cyanosis, and redness in succession usually accompanied by pain, and in severe cases may progresses to local gangrene.

 

Call 911 or go to the hospital if numbness toes is accompanied by: 
o Weakness or paralysis
o Spine injury
o Losing bladder or bowel control
o Inability to move your foot

 
Call your doctor if numbness toes is accompanied by: 
o Frequent urination
o Urinary incontinence

 
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: 
o Blood tests such as CBC, electrolytes
o Vitamin B12 levels
o Electromyography to measure how your muscles respond to nerve stimulation
o Ultrasound of neck vessels
o Back and lower back x-rays

 
Medications for numbness toes may include: 
o Nortriptyline, Pamelor, Aventyl
o Amitriptyline. Elavil, Endep
o Gabapentin (Neurontin)
   
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