Numb big toe

My big toe feels numb on the bottom, but only sometimes, probably 60% of the time. It doesn’t seem connected with shoes, it happens with all my shoes. Often when I get out of bed, it will be numb. Nothing I do will “wake it up”. It just started doing this about 5-6 months ago, but I don’t know why. There wasn’t an injury or event that I can pinpoint to where it started. I used to be an active runner, but this and some plantar fasciitis in the same foot have kept me from doing that. Should I ask a neurologist about this or a podiatrist?

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    I have seen numerous patients complaining of similar numbness. We typically think of numbness in the foot as it relates to diabetes, vitamin deficiency or medications. If you are denying any of these causes, it can be related to fascial “stickiness”. Nervous tissue, just like our muscles, tendons and ligaments can get tight, restricted or “sticky” between fascial layers in the foot. I would recommend seeing a Podiatrist or Osteopath for a full biomechanical evaluation to rule out all possible causes for the numbness.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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