Numbness, tingling, burning, or stinging in the toe, foot, or ankle
Numbness is a complete loss of feeling when you touch your skin. It
may feel like the part you touch does not belong to you. Tingling is a
pins-and-needles feeling that occurs when your foot "falls asleep." An
occasional, slight tingling in a foot that lasts only briefly is not generally
cause for concern. It is relatively common among bicyclists who ride long
distances to develop numbness in the feet for a few minutes to an hour. This
often occurs because of tight toe-clip straps. The problem may be prevented by
loosening the straps or switching to a step-in shoe-pedal.
Many conditions may cause numbness, tingling, burning, or
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Numbness, tingling, burning, stinging, or pain
that occurs between the toes, especially the third and fourth toes, and in the
ball of the foot may be caused by a noncancerous growth on nerves in the foot
Numbness, tingling, or
pain that begins in your back, moves down your leg and into your foot may be
sciatica, caused by a pinched nerve (nerve root
Foot and ankle pain that occurs with numbness and
weakness that begins in the foot and spreads into the toes may be caused by a
pinched nerve in the ankle (tarsal tunnel syndrome).
Burning, numbness, or lack of feeling in the feet
may be caused by poor circulation to the feet. This is common in people who
peripheral arterial disease. Poor circulation may lead
to nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy).
pins-and-needles–type pain is common in people who use alcohol regularly
because alcohol directly damages the nerves.
Numbness and tingling are more serious when:
You have a complete loss of
You have symptoms of decreased blood flow, such as pale,
white, blue, or cold skin.
You have muscle weakness not caused by
Symptoms don't go away.
Symptoms go away but keep
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
October 27, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 27, 2008
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