Why is my little toe numb?
July 9, 2011 9:36 AM Subscribe
Why does numbness in my little toe persist (and return) despite not wearing the offending shoes?
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posted by aloiv2 to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
You are not my doctor/podiatrist.
About 3 weeks ago I bought a pair of Keen sandles. I loved them off the bat, wore them every day for about 4 days in a row. After day 3 I noticed an odd feeling along the outside ball of my right foot (near the pinky toe), not pain, but more like pressure.
At the time I thought I must have strained something, so I put my sneakers on for the rest of the night (I work about 13 hours a day, much of it on my feet).
The next day I put the Keens back on, and after a couple of hours I had the same issue, and also started noticing some numbness in my pinky toe.
I stopped wearing them altogether, and did a regimen of icing and ibuprofen, and it seemed to knock the issue down. Then, about 5 days ago, I had to spend a lot of extra time on my feet and started feeling the same thing again.
Being a good denizen of the 21st century, and perhaps a little bit of a hypochondriac, I googled "outside of the foot pain". I came across all sorts of things - Morton's Neuroma (I'm not diabetic, doesn't seem likely), metatarsalgia (doesn't seem to reflect the symptoms), peroneal tendonitis (which felt like the most likely cause, but the placement doesn't seem right).
At this point, it's not so much pain as a feeling of pressure in the outside ball of my foot, possibly some weakness in the toes, as well as numbness in my pinky toe. If I push down on the area, it feels like there is a tendon or nerve near the outside ball of my foot that I can sort of manipulate to one side or the other, and I feel the movements almost as if it were a nerve being pinched (because perhaps it is). It is definitely more palpable then the corresponding area on my left foot.
Anyhow, anyone have any experiences like this before?
I have a history of going to the doctor for inflammatory things like this, and the answer ends up being:
"ice it and take ibuprofen - and pay me $65"
I've been icing it and taking ibuprofen for the last few days. Should I just have more patience?
I'd rather not pay the $65 so I'm bringing this to the hive mind...