Why is my big toe numb?

Numbness of toes is associated with the condition of nerves and blood vessels which supply blood to the toes. It can be because of damage to nerve or any condition which restricts the blood flow to toes. Basically numbness is the condition in which there is a feeling of lost sensation. This feeling is mostly caused due to conditions such as trauma, inflammation, malignancy, infection and keeping the toe pressed in same position for long.

Causes

As mentioned earlier, the numb big toe can be because of any damage caused to the brain and when there’s insufficient blood supply to the toe. Numbness can be temporary if you have knowingly or unknowingly applied pressure on nerve in toe which could possibly be because of wearing shoes of improper fitting.

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It can also be because of circulatory and orthopedic reasons. If only one toe is affected then it is most likely due to growth of nerve tissue, also known as neuroma, or because of disease like diabetes.

Circulatory reasons: Numb big toe is most likely because of restricted blood flow to the toe because of following reasons:

  • Entangling of arteries and veins (condition referred to as arteriovenous malformation)
  • Arteries and veins may clot and develop inflammation
  • Cold temperature and/or frostbites
  • Blood clot in leg or deep vein thrombosis
  • Peripheral vascular disease

Orthopedic reasons: Numbness of big toe can also be the result of orthopedic conditions which cause nerve damage such as:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Hernia
  • Any form of back injury or problem in spinal cord
  • Pressure in any form applied to nerve
  • Degenerative disk
  • Tarsal Tunnel syndrome

Neurological reasons: There can also be neurological factors which cause numb toe. Some of conditions that cause nerve damage or compression include:

  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Addiction to alcohol
  • High blood sugar level  which may cause damage to nerve
  • Stroke or tumor
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Underactive thyroid, commonly known as Hypothyroidism
  • Toe neuroma
  • Deficiency of Vitamin B12
  • Transverse myelitis which is a condition that causes spinal cord inflammation
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Problems associated with peripheral nerves

Symptoms of numb big toe

There are various symptoms of numbness of big toe. Some of the symptoms accompanied with it are as follows:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain in lower back
  • Pain in toe
  • Sensitivity develops in the toe
  • Tingling sensation
  • Feeling of burning and itchiness
  • Rashes
  • Urge to urinate
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain and numbness of toe increases while walking

Apart from symptoms aforementioned, toe numbness is often associated with other symptoms as well that are pretty serious.  Such symptoms can be serious to the extent that they pose risk to life or may give rise to certain emergent conditions. You should immediately see a doctor if you are getting any of the following symptoms:

  • Problem in breathing
  • Sub-consciousness or loss of consciousness completely
  • Problem in walking
  • Dizzy all day
  • Problems related to bowel and bladder
  • Change in vision or may be loss of vision in severe cases
  • Weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Numbness after a back injury or problem with spinal cord
  • Inaudible speech

When to see a doctor

If you develop any of the symptoms mentioned above or for any reason you feel numbness in your toe then it is a clear indication that you should immediately visit your doctor. Your doctor would ask several questions from you. He would also like to know about the history of incident and your family medical history as well. He will inspect the area to know where exactly the numbness is and the actual affected area.

Other common questions asked by the physicians include if you are feeling numbness in the foot also, how and when did the numbness began, frequency and extent of numbness, duration that numbness lasts, an specific reason that causes toes to get numb, what all additional symptoms you are facing and few other questions.

 

Numbness of toes is associated with the condition of nerves and blood vessels which supply blood to the toes. It can be because of damage to nerve or any condition which restricts the blood flow to toes. Basically numbness is the condition in which there is a feeling of lost sensation. This feeling is mostly caused due to conditions such as trauma, inflammation, malignancy, infection and keeping the toe pressed in same position for long.

Causes

As mentioned earlier, the numb big toe can be because of any damage caused to the brain and when there’s insufficient blood supply to the toe. Numbness can be temporary if you have knowingly or unknowingly applied pressure on nerve in toe which could possibly be because of wearing shoes of improper fitting.

It can also be because of circulatory and orthopedic reasons. If only one toe is affected then it is most likely due to growth of nerve tissue, also known as neuroma, or because of disease like diabetes.

Circulatory reasons: Numb big toe is most likely because of restricted blood flow to the toe because of following reasons:

·         Entangling of arteries and veins (condition referred to as arteriovenous malformation)

·         Arteries and veins may clot and develop inflammation

·         Cold temperature and/or frostbites

·         Blood clot in leg or deep vein thrombosis

·         Peripheral vascular disease

Orthopedic reasons: Numbness of big toe can also be the result of orthopedic conditions which cause nerve damage such as:

·         Osteoporosis

·         Hernia

·         Any form of back injury or problem in spinal cord

·         Pressure in any form applied to nerve

·         Degenerative disk

·         Tarsal Tunnel syndrome

Neurological reasons: There can also be neurological factors which cause numb toe. Some of conditions that cause nerve damage or compression include:

·         Heavy metal poisoning

·         Addiction to alcohol

·         High blood sugar level  which may cause damage to nerve

·         Stroke or tumor

·         Multiple sclerosis

·         Underactive thyroid, commonly known as Hypothyroidism

·         Toe neuroma

·         Deficiency of Vitamin B12

·         Transverse myelitis which is a condition that causes spinal cord inflammation

·         Systemic lupus erythematosus

·         Problems associated with peripheral nerves

Symptoms

There are various symptoms of numbness of big toe. Some of the symptoms accompanied with it are as follows:

·         Muscle spasms

·         Pain in lower back

·         Pain in toe

·         Sensitivity develops in the toe

·         Tingling sensation

·         Feeling of burning and itchiness

·         Rashes

·         Urge to urinate

·         Muscle spasms

·         Pain and numbness of toe increases while walking

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Apart from symptoms aforementioned, toe numbness is often associated with other symptoms as well that are pretty serious.  Such symptoms can be serious to the extent that they pose risk to life or may give rise to certain emergent conditions. You should immediately see a doctor if you are getting any of the following symptoms:

·         Problem in breathing

·         Sub-consciousness or loss of consciousness completely

·         Problem in walking

·         Dizzy all day

·         Problems related to bowel and bladder

·         Change in vision or may be loss of vision in severe cases

·         Weakness

·         Paralysis

·         Numbness after a back injury or problem with spinal cord

·         Inaudible speech

When to see a doctor

If you develop any of the symptoms mentioned above or for any reason you feel numbness in your toe then it is a clear indication that you should immediately visit your doctor. Your doctor would ask several questions from you. He would also like to know about the history of incident and your family medical history as well. He will inspect the area to know where exactly the numbness is and the actual affected area.

Other common questions asked by the physicians include if you are feeling numbness in the foot also, how and when did the numbness began, frequency and extent of numbness, duration that numbness lasts, an specific reason that causes toes to get numb, what all additional symptoms you are facing and few other questions.

 

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