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Partially Numb Toe?

FearSucks

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So I've had this problem going on three years now. My left foot's index toe (toe right next to the big one), has a partially numb spot on the right side of it, I'd say it makes up about 5-10% of the surface area. I get a feeling of reduced sensation whenever this spot touches something, or if I run something across it.

It's not completely numb, it's more of a feeling of reduced sensation, it doesn't tingle like pins or needles, and usually I need to press it against something to even notice it, and it's a lot more noticeable when I'm anxious (what isn't right?), but is also still present when I am not anxious. I know anxiety can cause ongoing symptoms for a very long time, but 3 years?

Any thoughts on what this could be? When I told my GP about it when I first started having concerns she just chalked it up to anxiety and told me to keep an eye on it to see if it ever got worse (it hasn't, but it also hasn't gotten any better).
 

Cuchculan

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I think your doctor is simply ruling out anything serious. With numbness in the toes or other parts of the foot it can be nothing or it can be something. That sentence might sound dumb. if nothing changes with it, then it is nothing to worry about. That is what your doctor was going on about it. If it was something serious, over time, it could get worse. More of the area would become numb. If that did happen your doctor would treat what she thought it was. As there is no change in 3 years at all the doctor would not be that concerned about it at all. As such things can happen. They simply stay like that. Never get any worse. Which is actually a good thing. As that rules out so many other things. Not sure exactly what you can do about it. As your doctor will still have her views. That it is nothing to worry about. Because you know it is there you will always be aware of it. Hard not to be aware of it. At most you could simply mention it again on your next visit to your doctor.
 

MATD

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I can relate. My right foot, the last three toes. I don’t remember how long exactly, but it lasted a while, and when it subsided, I don’t know. A dr checked it but he didn’t say much about it. Anxiety related? Who knows. But the numb sensation is gone now. Anxiety messes with the whole body, right down to nerve endings.
 

cheer_mom

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My big toe is just like this. Podiatrist checked it and i had sensation so he said no worries. No diabetes either so maybe it is just anxiety.
 

Doug97

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If you've had it 3 years with no change, then you're safe.
 
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