A significant part of the care we give here at Richardson Podiatry Associates is centered on taking away pain for our patients, so it may seem odd to think about numb toe treatment as another service we provide. If you don’t have pain, it can’t be that bad, right? Well, it’s not quite so simple. Let’s take a closer look at this issue, its associated issues, and what we can do to help.
Whereas it may have a negative association, pain is actually quite important for you. When something hurts, it’s an indication there is a problem. This is a basic survival mechanism. For example, if you put your hand on a hot stove burner, you feel it and know you have to move your hand. If the nerves in your hand aren’t working, you could keep your hand on the burner, sustain severe damage, and not be aware of it until you use another sensory process (like looking at the burnt hand).
When it comes to numbness in your lower limbs, a major cause for concern is the inability to know when damage has happened. If you sustain even a tiny cut or scrape, it is a potential entryway into the body for infection. Now, when your nerves are functioning properly, you will feel sharp pain when you are cut. This allows your brain to recognize the injury so you can take the appropriate care measures and prevent an untreated infection from leading to gangrene (tissue death).
That might be an extreme consequence, but we want to highlight the importance of having treatment for numb toes and other areas of the foot. With regards to treating numbness, treatment will depend on the severity and root cause. Depending on what we determine, options can include:
- Shoe inserts – If the numbness is a result of neuroma that has developed in response to pressure, we may prescribe or recommend orthotics or shoe inserts.
- Medication – Anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroid injections can reduce inflammation, which may relieve pressure on nerve.
- Surgery – When nonsurgical treatment doesn’t provide the desired results, we may recommend surgery to either decompress pressure on a nerve and restore its functionality.
For more specific information, either give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment to visit us at our Richardson, TX office online today.