Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Physician Can Help Get to Root of Numbness

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Physician Can Help Get to Root of Numbness

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Byline: Ben Volin, Times-Union staff writer

Question: I have numbness in both feet. I talked to three doctors and none of them knows why this is happening. It comes and goes. I didn't have it yesterday but I did have it last night and I noticed it this morning after breakfast. I want to find out what causes it; what can be done for it?

Karen Watts

Jacksonville

Answer: There are many different conditions that can lead to numbness. Based on the cause of the problem, the treatment options are different.

One common cause of foot numbness is a nerve entrapment around the ankle called tarsal tunnel syndrome. This is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome of the hands.

Causes of this disorder include biomechanical problems such as flat feet, swelling and varicose veins. Another cause is peripheral neuropathy, which most commonly is seen with diabetes. Diabetes causes a malfunction of the nerves, and that leads to numbness. Many back problems could lead to numbness in the feet, a condition called radiculopathy. …

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