Feeling the tingling and numbing sensation of a nerve disorder in your feet can not only be irritating, but it can also cause balance and stability problems that can lead to damaging falls. Systemic diseases like peripheral artery disease (PAD) and diabetes can cause nerve damage as can injuries and untreated mechanical issues like bunions and hammertoes.
5 causes of tingling and numbness in your feet may include the following:
- Neuropathy & neuroma—These are conditions that affect the functioning of nerves. Complications from systemic diseases like diabetes can cause damage to the nerves in the extremities, with the hands and feet often being adversely affected. A neuroma is a growth around a nerve that inhibits proper functioning. In the foot, Morton’s neuroma often occurs in the ball area.
- Foot or ankle damage—A foot or ankle injury or accident that causes bone and tissue damage can also result in tingling and numbing sensations due to nerve damage.
- Overpronation—Having untreated flat feet and overpronation can cause nerve compression, numbness, and tingling.
- Injury to the spine—Spinal disc injury can affect the nerves that supply the feet causing numbness, tingling, and burning sensations.
- Poorly fitting footwear—Shoes that are too tight will push your toes together and can put stress on the nerve that causes Morton’s neuroma. Wear shoes with a wide toe box and use custom orthotics to redistribute pressure away from affected nerves.
If you are experiencing distressing tingling and numbness in your feet, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.