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Foot numbness

Foot numbness: Introduction

Numbness usually arises from damage or disease of nerves. Numbness is often associated with or preceded by abnormal pain-like sensations often described as pins-and-needles, prickling or burning sensations called paresthesias; see foot paresthesias. Any numbness or abnormal sensations need prompt professional medical advice....more »

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Causes of Foot numbness:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Foot numbness. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Foot numbness

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Causes of Types of Foot numbness:

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Foot numbness: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Foot numbness, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Foot numbness Treatments

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Stories from Users for Foot numbness

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Message Boards for Foot numbness

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Foot numbness or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Foot numbness:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Foot numbness. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Feel the pulses in the legs - if reduced or absent should suggest peripheral atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or obstruction of the abdominal aorta and its branches by atherosclerosis.
    • Examine for a positive straight leg raising test (straightening the leg at the knee while lying on a bed causing pain in thigh, buttock and back) - indicates herniated disk of L4-5 or L5-S1, lumbar spondylosis, spinal stenosis, cauda equina tumor or spondylolisthesis.
    • Examine for a positive femoral stretch test (with the person laying on their stomach, flex knee with hip lifted in extension causes pain in the front of the thigh and the back) - indicates a herniated disk of L3-4 or L2-3 or lumbar spondylosis.
    • Examine the peripheral reflexes. If diffusely overactive may suggest multiple sclerosis, pernicious anemia, spinal cord tumor, syringomyelia (presence of cavities within the spinal cord) or anterior spinal artery occlusion. If diffusely under active may suggest peripheral neuropathy, poliomyelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, cauda equina tumor, metastatic tumor of the lumbar spine and occasionally pernicious anemia or peroneal neuropathy (disease of the peroneal nerve)
  • Blood tests
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Foot numbness: Animations

Medications or substances causing Foot numbness:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Foot numbness as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Drug interactions causing Foot numbness:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Foot numbness as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Thalidomide and chloramphenicol interaction
  • Thalomid and chloramphenicol interaction
  • Thalidomide and cisplatin interaction
  • Thalomid and cisplatin interaction
  • Thalidomide and dapsone interaction
  • more interactions...»

Foot numbness: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Foot numbness may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Foot numbness

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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.

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Foot numbness: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Foot numbness

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Foot numbness: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Foot numbness: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Organs affected by Foot numbness:

The list of organs typically affected by Foot numbness may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Foot numbness

The list below shows some of the causes of Foot numbness mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Foot numbness?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Foot numbness. Of the 45 causes of Foot numbness that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 4 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 6 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 40 causes have no prevalence information.

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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Causes of Foot numbness Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Foot numbness based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Foot numbness?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Foot numbness, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Foot numbness:

    Subtypes of Foot numbness:

    Numbness in Both Feet (54 causes), Numbness in one foot (47 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Foot numbness:

    Foot symptoms (2265 causes), Numbness (497 causes), Leg numbness (73 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Leg symptoms (2751 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Limb symptoms (3592 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Lower leg symptoms (59 causes), Arm symptoms (1619 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Foot numbness:

    Foot paresthesia (54 causes), Foot burning (44 causes), Paresthesias (453 causes), Peripheral neuropathy (299 causes), Diabetes (212 causes), Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (299 causes), Intermittent claudication (22 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

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    Medical News summaries about Foot numbness

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Foot numbness

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