Toe Numbness or Tingling

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Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Neuropathology

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About the symptom

Numbness means loss of sensation. Tingling is an abnormal sensation, like your toe has "fallen asleep". Numbness and tingling are caused by nerve conditions.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Low back pain

  • Difficulty urinating

  • double vision

  • Numbness of lower limbs

  • Back pain

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Recent weight loss

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

Possible causes

  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)

    A disease where blood sugar levels are abnormally high, due to problems with insulin production or resistance. There are often no symptoms until the condition has worsened, hence regular screening is important.

  • Hallux valgus

    Hallux valgus or a bunion is bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe when the big toe pushes against the next toe. Tight shoes, foot stress and arthritis are common causes. It can lead to deformity.

  • Diabetic neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occurs in those with long-term diabetes. High blood sugar can damage nerves throughout the body, most commonly in the legs and feet.

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Raynaud's disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Adjustment disorder

Related serious diseases

  • Hyperkalemia

    Hyperkalemia is increased potassium levels in the blood. Common causes include kidney disease and certain medication side-effects.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you have any numbness or tingling in your toes?

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Medically Reviewed By:

Bret Mobley

Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Neuropathology

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