When an individual experiences toe numbness, it feels as if the toes have fallen “asleep” and can be accompanied by burning or tingling sensation. Toe numbness occurs when the supply of blood to the toes is reduced and can be triggered by various factors such as inflammation, infection, tight shoes or a degenerative condition.
Toe numbness can also occur due to spinal injury or diabetic nerve damage. If the condition persists, it is best to schedule an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible to determine the exact cause of the numbness. Depending on the cause, the doctor can recommend various treatment options including natural options.
Using shoes that are too tight or small or has a pointed toe box squeezes the toes together and disrupts normal circulation of blood. When buying shoes, it is recommended to opt for those that have enough toe box space. In addition, the shoes should also match with the pronation which is how the feet strike the ground while walking.
The arch height of the foot affects pronation. Those who have flat feet tend to roll their feet inwards as they walk, while those with high arches roll their feet outwards. Try to check for stores or pharmacies that can help assess the gait using specialized electronic devices or consult a physiotherapist.
If the individual lacks physical activity, it can reduce the circulation of blood to the toes. The individual should exercise at moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes at least 4 days in a week to help improve the circulation. During exercise, the individual should use shoes that comfortably fit with a wide toe box and good cushioning and support. If possible, perform low-impact exercises such as walking or cycling to minimize the impact on the feet and toes.
Improving the posture
Sitting with the legs or ankles crossed for extended periods can disrupt with the circulation in the feet or toes. If possible, elevate the foot when sitting down and wiggle the toes 2-3 times daily for about 5 minutes. In addition, moving the ankles up and down as well as in or out can help promote the flow of blood to the legs and feet.
When toe numbness occurs particularly among those which chronic conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, it can be hard for the individual to perform his/her job especially those that involves standing. Occupation therapy is a holistic practice aimed on helping individuals recover from injury or illness so that they can effectively perform daily tasks and their jobs. The occupational therapists work with the individual in a certain field such as spinal cord injury or arthritis. The therapist can advise the individual regarding safety precautions in the workplace, coping skills and exercise to strengthen the muscles.