Tingling Toes – Causes and Treatment

Tingling Toes – Causes and Treatment

What causes tingling toes?

Have you ever experienced tingling toes?

Tingling in the toes is a common condition people experience during exercise and even wearing day-to-day shoes. This tingling sensation often occurs from compression against a nerve which can be a result of tight fitting footwear or increased swelling in the foot and ankle.

There are a few simple solutions that can be done to the footwear to help if it is too tight fitting. Changing the way your shoes are laced can increase the width of the shoe as well as wearing thinner socks can increase the amount of space within the shoe. If either of these do not help resolve the problem, then a new pair of shoes that are suitable for your feet can be recommended.

However, this tingling sensation can also be due to an injury to certain tissues within the foot. The following are five main types of injuries that can cause this:

Neuritis

However, this tingling sensation can also be due to an injury to certain tissues within the foot. The following are five main types of injuries that can cause this:

An image of lightening to demonstrate how tingling toes can feel.

Neuroma

Is an injury due to the nerve in your forefoot becoming thickened reducing the amount of space in the foot and this can hurt even when your not being active. 

This injury will generally require podiatry services and in severe cases, surgery.

Bursitis

Is when the bursa (fluid filled sac) which are between the metatarsal becomes bigger due to the pressure which reduces the space adding compression to the nerve.

Booking an appointment with a podiatrist and changing footwear, however if not resolved then further referral for steroid injection may be needed.

Joint Capsulitis

Within the toe joint there is fluid and usually from repetitive trauma or event that may cause inflammation of the fluid within the joint which can cause pressure on the adjacent nerve causing the tingling sensation.

Podiatry intervention will be needed to help resolve biomechanics factors that caused the trauma.

Plantar Plate Tear

Plantar plate is made up of ligaments and serves to stabilise the metatarsal phalangeal joint (MPJ), absorbs compressive loads in the forefoot and functions to resist hyperextension of metatarsal phalangeal joints.

Tears that occur in the plantar plate usually happen from recurring overloading. The 2nd MPJ is the most commonly affected joint due to the length.

Plantar plate tears can cause tingling in the toes and acute management by a podiatrist and can be diagnosed by clinical testing.

Don't Ignore Tingling Toes

It is important to not ignore the issue of tingling toes because if changing the lacing or footwear does not resolve the problem then an underlying injury as mentioned above is likely to be the cause.

 

Our podiatrists at dynamic podiatry will be able to help you resolve the tingling toes and discomfort.

 

Call 3351 8878 or Book Online HERE

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