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"Tip of left big toe numb, what could it be?"
I'm on my feet 10-14 hrs a day plus my feet are always cold
That is an excellent question and one that is best answered by your primary care doctor or another medical professional who can perform a thorough examination and obtain a history as to what could be causing this as there is not enough information provided in your history to possibly know what the underlying cause of your symptoms is. In general, numbness, or pain radiating down a small region of the leg can sometimes be caused by compression of the nerves in the low back as they exit the spine in which case depending on what further imaging tests show, you may benefit from conservative management with NSAIDs, steroid injections, PT/OT, or as a last resort surgical intervention. If this is not the underlying cause of your symptoms, there are several other causes for toe numbness but these are outside the scope of this discussion. It is for this reason that you discuss your concerns with your medical professional who will best be able to perform any diagnostic studies required to figure out the cause of these symptoms. If possible, he or she may also suggest treatment options or a referral to another specialist who can work with you to improve your symptoms.
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