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4 Potential Numbness in Two Feet 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.Hyperventiliation Syndrome

    In hyperventilation syndrome, one can experience shortness of breath and often a person breaths fast and heavily. There is usually no physical problem causing these symptoms, and symptoms are often caused by anxiety, stress or emotions. Next to shortness of breath, one can experience symptoms of chest pain, palpitations or tingling in hands, feet and face. These symptoms occur commonly as attacks.

    Chronic with relapses

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness, racing heart beat, chest pain
    Symptoms that always occur with hyperventiliation syndrome:
    rapid, deep breaths
    Symptoms that never occur with hyperventiliation syndrome:
    shortness of breath after a few stairs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Chronic Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy

    Nerve damage in the limbs can be caused by diabetes, toxic substances, immune system issues and low vitamin levels. However, in about one of every four cases no cause can be found and then the condition is called 'idiopathic'. Symptoms of nerve damage can be (burning) pain sensations, numbness, tingling and weakness in hands, feet or lower legs.

    This is a chronic condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    distal numbness, muscle aches, joint stiffness, numbness on both sides of body, loss of muscle mass
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Folate (Vitamin) Deficiency

    Folic acid (folate) is a vitamin that is needed to make new cells in the body, including red blood cells which carry oxygen through the blood and into various tissues throughout the body. Folate deficiency refers to a condition when there is not enough folic acid in the body, and can lead to symptoms such as tiredness, low energy, faintness, and difficulty breathing.

    People recover with no long-term effects within weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, irritability, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
    Symptoms that never occur with folate (vitamin) deficiency:
    abdominal swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  4. 4.Copper Deficiency

    Copper is a mineral that keeps the body healthy. The body doesn't need much copper; however, some people may not get enough in their diet.

    Days with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    sudden urgency to urinate, difficulty walking, numbness in both hands, muscle stiffness/rigidity, numbness in both thighs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Numbness in Two Feet

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with a psychiatric issue, such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorder?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Numbness in Two Feet Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced numbness in two feet have also experienced:

    • 7% Lower Back Pain
    • 5% Hand Tingling
    • 3% Foot Numbness
  • People who have experienced numbness in two feet had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Less Than a Day
    • 26% Over a Month
    • 19% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced numbness in two feet were most often matched with:

    • 19% Folate (Vitamin) Deficiency
    • 17% Chronic Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy
    • 1% Hyperventiliation Syndrome
  • 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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