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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Numbness in the Middle Part of the Foot

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced numbness in the middle part of the foot. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Diabetic Neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a condition where pain, numbness, weakness, and motor loss occur in the limbs due to the effects of diabetes on the nerves.

    Symptoms can last a lifetime.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, diarrhea, fatigue
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  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.

    Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a long-term condition that may need to be managed for months up to 1-2 years.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    tingling foot, pain in one foot, spontaneous foot pain, heel pain, pain in the top of the foot
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Morton Neuroma

    Morton neuroma is nerve damage between the 2nd and 3rd toes, often found in women who run or wear tight high heels.

    Almost all patients do well with conservative (non-surgical) treatment

    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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  4. 4.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
  5. 5.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.

    It takes 1-3 months to assess the damage, at which time, surgery might be needed.

    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
  6. 6.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.

    Symptoms can be reversible. In some cases, your chemotherapy regime needs to be adjusted to avoid permanent damage to the nerves.

    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

  • Q.Are you having any difficulty walking?
  • Q.When squeezing the 2nd or 3rd webspace of your foot, is there a clicking sound?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?
  • Q.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 had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Less Than a Day
    • 27% Over a Month
    • 19% Less Than a Week
  • 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
  • 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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