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Your Numbness in One Foot May Also be Known as:
Can't feel left foot
Can't feel one foot
Can't feel right foot
Left foot numbness
Loss of sensation on left foot
Loss of sensation on one foot
Loss of sensation on right foot
One foot numbness
Right foot numbness

Top 3 Numbness in One Foot Causes

  1. 1.Sciatica

    The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve of the human body, and it runs through the buttock, down the thigh and into the calf, sending information to the muscles in the back of the thigh and leg, as well as the surrounding skin. The sciatic nerve itself is supplied by nerves coming from the spine in the lower back. Sometimes, one of the disks separating the vertebrae (bones of the spine) may bulge out a little bit, putting pressure on one of these nerve roots, causing sciatica, or shooting pain down the sciatic nerve.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin as well as muscle relaxants may help. Some people find applying gentle heat or cold on painful muscles is soothing as well. It is important to stay active! Remaining in bed for too long may cause more inflammation.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, numbness in one foot, pain in one leg, numbness in one thigh
    Symptoms that always occur with sciatica:
    back pain that shoots down the leg
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

    The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression, or squeezing, on an important nerve called the posterior tibial nerve. This compression produces symptoms anywhere along the path of the nerve running from the inside of the ankle into the foot.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Tarsal tunnel syndrome is treated with pain medication, corticosteroid injections, stretching, icing, physical therapy, and also special orthotic inserts for shoes.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in one foot, heel pain, pain in the top of the foot, tingling foot
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Ewing Sarcoma

    Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer often affecting the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can occur anytime during childhood and young adulthood; it is rarely seen in adults.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. An early diagnosis and treatment plan can increase the possibility of a favorable outcome.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, rib pain, pelvis pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Numbness in One Foot

  • Q.Is your foot numbness getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your foot been numb?
  • Q.How numb is your foot?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Numbness in One Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced numbness in one foot have also experienced:

    • 6% Pain in One Foot
    • 4% Lower Back Pain
    • 4% Numbness in One Hand
  • People who have experienced numbness in one foot had symptoms persist for:

    • 65% Less Than a Day
    • 18% Over a Month
    • 8% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced numbness in one foot were most often matched with:

    • 1% Sciatica
    • 1% Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

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