Anna Balcombe: Sports Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon
BSc (Hons) MRSsCPod, MRCPod, FRCPodS

Medical Secretary: 07775 99 55 77
( contact for ALL enquiries and appointments)

Numbness in the Foot

Do you have pain and numbness in your toe?

A neuroma is caused by irritation of a nerve to the toes, most commonly between the second and third or third and forth toes. This condition can be worsened by shoes that squeeze the toes together, thus pinching the nerve between the bones. If a neuroma is present you may experience burning, tingling, cramping or numbness in the forefoot and pain in the tips of your toes.

Through an examination, your podiatrist can determine if symptoms are a neuroma or some other foot problem. Treatment for neuromas may include custom orthotics, footwear advice, ultrasound therapy, medication or surgery.

What to do?

Visit The Balcombe Foot and Ankle Clinic as soon as possible to minimize the likelihood of permanent nerve damage.


If conservative care does not help, a surgical procedure can be offered.

Other causes of tingling or “pins and needles” in feet:

  • Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Medication (tingling could be a side effect)
  • Systemic diseases, such as hypothyroidism or multiple sclerosis
  • Trauma or injury to a nerve, such as with a broken foot
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Alcoholism
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Infection e.g. shingles
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke or seizures
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

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