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Foot numbness Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Foot numbness. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the foot numbness?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: symmetrical involvement of both feet suggests peripheral neuropathy. If numbness is asymmetrical or confined to one limb this may suggest individual nerve disease.

  3. What area of the foot is affected by numbness?

    Why: may help determine the cause.

  4. History of trauma or injury to leg?

    Why: e.g. broken leg or foot may damage nerves and cause numbness.

  5. Risk factors for peripheral atherosclerosis?

    Why: e.g. smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure.

  6. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause peripheral neuropathy with a glove and stocking pattern numbness including isoniazid, vincristine, phenytoin, nitrofurantoin, cisplatinum, amiodarone.

  7. Dietary history?

    Why: may assist in determining the risk of Vitamin B1, B12 and folic acid deficiency.

  8. Alcohol history?

    Why: will help determine the risk of alcohol peripheral neuropathy.

  9. Pain in the involved leg or foot?

    Why: may suggest lumbar spine spondylosis (degeneration), spinal stenosis, tumor of the cauda equina (distal tip of the spinal cord and its nerves), spondylolisthesis (forward movement of one lumbar vertebrae on the one below it), herniated disk or pelvic tumor.

  10. Incontinence of urine?

    Why: If incontinence or urine is associated with under active reflexes this may suggest poliomyelitis, cauda equina tumor or metastatic tumor of the lumbar spine.

  11. Symptoms of peripheral atherosclerosis?

    Why: e.g. intermittent claudication (cramp like pain in the calves with exercise, relieved by rest), calf pain with rest.

  12. Symptoms of Diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue, increased infections. Diabetes may be complicated by a painful peripheral neuropathy with a glove and stocking pattern numbness.

  13. Symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome?

    Why: e.g. symptoms begin 7-10 days after an infective illness. It results in muscle paralysis which typically ascends from the lower to the upper limbs. Sensory loss (numbness) is usually minimal.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Foot numbness:

The following list of conditions have 'Foot numbness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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