Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Why Are My Feet Numb?

There are several reasons the feet might feel numb and tingly ranging from an issue with a muscle to a more serious metabolic issue to physical compression of the nerves. There is nerve tissue running from the spinal cord to the feet and this informs the body of temperature, touch, and balance. Any ligament, tendon, or muscle tissue along the path can entrap or compress a nerve and cause pain, tingling, or weakness further down the line. Arthritis, an inflammatory process of the bone, and inflammation can cause pain and put pressure on nerves. Uncontrolled diabetes or other health issues can lead to nerve damage, which can eventually lead to amputation of toes or the whole foot. If you have numbness or tingling in your feet, it is important that you see a podiatrist who can access the problem and get you on your way to the management of a possibly dangerous condition or healing.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, and Argyle, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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