When a body part goes numb, how exactly do you describe it? Pins and needles? Sure, sometimes you call it that. Other times you might say you can’t quite feel that part of your body, or when you touch it if you can’t sense the touch. However you express it, numbness that lasts a long time in any part of your body isn’t normal.

Prolonged numbness in your toes may be due to one of the following issues:

  • Diabetes can cause peripheral neuropathy – nerve damage in your feet. Neuropathy may be one of the first clues you’ve got high blood sugar, or you may experience neuropathy after years of treating your diabetes. Either way, contacting Clifton Foot & Ankle Center may help you avoid some serious foot complications.
  • Morton’s neuroma describes thickened tissue around a nerve leading to your toes (typically, but not always, the fourth toe).
  • Raynaud’s disease occurs in some people as a reaction to the cold. Unusual constriction of small blood vessels in the toes (or fingers) prevents proper blood flow, causing the digits to become discolored, numb, and sometimes painful.
  • Metatarsalgia is another nerve problem that originates in the ball of the foot. An inflamed nerve there causes pain, tingling, and numbness that can extend to your toes.

Numbness in your toes can also be a symptom of diseases with nothing to do with your feet. For example, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, Vitamin B12 deficiency, a stroke, or other brain injuries can all cause toe pain, tingling, and numbness. That’s why it’s important to act when numbness becomes a noticeable issue for you.

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