Numbness and burning in your feet and ankles can make standing, exercising and walking potentially dangerous activities since it can be difficult to detect injury and you are more likely to experience balance and coordination problems that could lead to a fall. Having regular visits with your podiatrist will ensure early detection of a variety of foot and ankle ailments that cause numbness and will help to lessen their severity.
Some causes of numbness in your feet include:
- Morton’s neuroma – Growths around nerves and tissues between the third and fourth metatarsal bones can create a neuroma which constricts the nerves causing numbness.
- Improper footwear – Tight fitting shoes can constrict your feet and interfere with circulation, either of which can cause numbing and tingling.
- Remaining in a single position for hours – The nerves in the legs and feet can become crimped and pressured from lack of movement. Always get up and move around a few times an hour when on long bus, train, or plane trips to get the blood flowing.
- Peripheral neuropathy – A major complication of diabetes is nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling in the extremities.
- Trauma to the foot and ankle – Accident or injury to the foot or ankle can also result in numbness due to nerve damage.
- Spinal cord injury – Damage to the spinal cord from a slipped disc can cause foot numbness and tingling.
If you have numbness and tingling in your feet, your foot care specialist can determine the cause and provide the best treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.