Foot Pain and Numbness


What is causing the nerve pain, burning, tingling and numbness in my feet?

There are many medical conditions known to cause nerve pain, burning, tingling and numbness in the feet. A partial list of these causes includes: diabetes, vitamin B1 deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, chronic alcoholism, trauma, exposure to toxins, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, adverse reactions to chemotherapy or drugs, infections, hereditary causes. Often no cause can be determined. When no cause can be determined it is known as ideopathic.


What are some of the complications associated with these sensations in the feet?

In addition to the annoyance and discomfort associated with these noxious sensations, people with nerve pain, burning, tingling and numbness in the feet:

  • Have increased instability while walking or standing
  • Have an increased risk of falling
  • Have decreased ability to feel wounds and infections of the feet.  This can lead to delay in treatment and make these conditions more serious 
  • Are more prone to develop foot deformities


Can you have nerve pain, burning, tingling and numbness in your feet even if you’re not a diabetic?

Yes, there are many causes of these noxious sensations in the feet other than diabetes.


Is there anything I can do to diminish the intensity of these sensations?

Yes, in many cases, physicians have found that nerve pain, burning, tingling and numbness in the feet is associated with certain vitamin deficiencies.  In particular, diabetics and people over 65 often suffer from deficiencies in vitamin B1 and vitamin B12.  Deficiencies in these vitamins are well known to cause nerve pain, burning, tingling and numbness in the feet.  By taking the right forms of vitamin B1 and vitamin B12, these deficiencies can be reversed often causing the nerves in the feet to function more normally thereby decreasing these noxious sensations.


I’m a diabetic. Is there any way to prevent the onset of nerve pain, burning, tingling and numbness in the feet?

There is no way to absolutely ensure that someone with diabetes will not get these sensations in the feet. However, it is strongly suggested to minimize the complications associated with diabetes that you keep your blood sugars well controlled, lead a healthy lifestyle, take appropriate vitamins and see your physician regularly.


I have nerve pain, burning, tingling and numbness in the feet. Are there any precautions I should take?

Yes, there are.  First and foremost, see your physician and get checked for diabetes and other diseases that may cause these sensations in your feet.  If you are a diabetic, it is of the utmost importance that you control your blood sugar, exercise regularly and lead a healthy lifestyle.

When the nerves in your feet are not working properly, your feet are more vulnerable to injury. Therefore, it is important that you protect your feet and not put them in harm’s way.

Wear comfortable shoes that are fitted to your feet by a shoe specialist that will protect and not harm your feet. 

Before you put on your shoes, turn them upside down and shake them to remove any small objects that may have fallen into them such as pebbles, pins, etc. 

Make certain that your shoes are in good condition and that there are no potentially harmful defects in the interior of the shoe such as a rip in the lining material or a nail extruding into the interior of the shoe from the heel.

Inspect or have someone inspect your feet every day making certain to look between your toes and on the bottom of your feet for any signs of infection, ulcerations or wounds. Use a mirror if necessary. 

Make certain to look at your socks after you take them off and inspect them to see if there is any drainage on the socks or other signs of a problem.

Never walk barefooted. When you walk barefooted, you may step on a piece of glass, a pin or other dangerous object and not feel the injury.

Never walk in shoes that don’t fit properly and always use proper socks. 

Don’t be a bathroom surgeon.  Always have a competent foot care professional cut your toenails and attend to your feet.

Take Zobria so that the nerves in your feet receive the vitamin B1 and vitamin B12 they need to function properly. 

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