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2 Potential Foot Rubbing Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Gout

    Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint. The big toe is often affected.

    With proper medical attention, relief is possible within the first 24 hours of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen toes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Spinal Stenosis

    The spine, or backbone, protects the spinal cord and allows people to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on nerves and the spinal cord and can cause pain.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, difficulty walking, thigh pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Foot Rubbing

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you had difficulty feeding?
  • Q.Is there anything coming from your ear(s)?
  • Q.Do you have trouble sleeping?

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Foot Rubbing Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced foot rubbing have also experienced:

    • 31% Recent Increase in Crying
    • 15% Knee Rubbing
    • 10% Upper Leg Pain
  • People who have experienced foot rubbing had symptoms persist for:

    • 56% Less Than a Day
    • 24% Less Than a Week
    • 10% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced foot rubbing were most often matched with:

    • 7% Gout
    • 7% Spinal Stenosis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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