Numbness in The Middle Part of The Foot Symptoms & Causes

Understand numbness in the middle part of the foot symptoms, including 6 causes & common questions.

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  1. 6 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

6 Possible Numbness In The Middle Part Of The Foot Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced numbness in the middle part of the foot. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by longstanding or poorly controlled diabetes mellitus (DM). Other risk factors for developing diabetic neuropathy include obesity, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and abnormal lipid levels.

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Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome refers to the symptoms that result from compression of the posterior tibial nerve. The posterior tibial nerve provides sensation to the bottom of the foot and controls some of the muscles involved in foot structure and movement.

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Morton neuroma

Morton neuroma, also called by the older name Morton's neuroma, is a thickening of fibrous tissue in the ball of the foot. This tissue encapsulates the nerve leading to the third and fourth toes. It is not actually a tumor of the nerve, as the name suggests.

The thickening is caused by years of trauma, irritation, and/or compression to the feet. High-heeled shoes, especially if narrow or tight, are a common cause. The condition is most often seen in women over age 45.

Symptoms include burning pain in the ball of the foot, especially with walking or running. The condition will not heal on its own and can lead to chronic foot pain.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination of the foot with simple range of motion exercises, and sometimes x-ray.

Treatment includes changing to better-fitting shoes that do not compress the nerve; using orthotics in the shoes to take more pressure off of the nerve; and in some cases the use of corticosteroid injections.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: foot numbness, pain in the sole of the foot, pain when touching the foot, pain in both feet, foot injury

Urgency: Self-treatment

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Chronic idiopathic peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy refers to the feeling of numbness, tingling, and pins-and-needles sensation in the feet. Idiopathic means the cause is not known, and chronic means the condition is ongoing without getting better or worse.

The condition is most often found in people over age 60. Idiopathic neuropathy has no known cause.

Symptoms include uncomfortable numbness and tingling in the feet; difficulty standing or walking due to pain and lack of normal sensitivity; and weakness and cramping in the muscles of the feet and ankles.

Peripheral neuropathy can greatly interfere with quality of life, so a medical provider should be seen in order to treat the symptoms and reduce the discomfort.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination; blood tests to rule out other conditions; and neurologic and muscle studies such as electromyography.

Treatment involves over-the-counter pain relievers; prescription pain relievers to manage more severe pain; physical therapy and safety measures to compensate for loss of sensation in the feet; and therapeutic footwear to help with balance and walking.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: distal numbness, muscle aches, joint stiffness, numbness on both sides of body, loss of muscle mass

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Mild frostbite of the lower leg

Frostbite is tissue damage caused by exposure to the cold (at or below 32F or 0C). It is most commonly found in people doing leisurely activities like camping, hunting, or snow sports. It is also more likely in those who are intoxicated or have a mental disorder.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: foot pain, swollen foot, foot numbness, foot redness, limping

Symptoms that always occur with mild frostbite of the lower leg: cold toe

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Chemotherapy-induced nerve damage

Chemotherapy has many effects on the body. Some types of chemotherapy can cause irritation of the nerves in ones hands and feet, resulting in symptoms like pain, numbness or tingling.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: muscle aches, distal numbness, pain in both hands, pain in both feet, numbness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Numbness In The Middle Part Of The Foot

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Are you having any difficulty walking?
  • When squeezing the 2nd or 3rd webspace of your foot, is there a clicking sound?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?
  • Do any of your body parts (e.g., toes, hands, ears) feel cold?

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Numbness In The Middle Part Of The Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced numbness in the middle part of the foot have also experienced:

  • 23% Pain In The Middle Of The Foot
  • 7% Fatigue
  • 7% Thigh Weakness

People who have experienced numbness in the middle part of the foot were most often matched with:

  • 42% Diabetic Neuropathy
  • 42% Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • 14% Morton Neuroma

People who have experienced numbness in the middle part of the foot had symptoms persist for:

  • 37% Less than a day
  • 27% Over a month
  • 19% Less than a week

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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