Both my big toes went partially numb about a week ago and have stayed that way since. The right toe a bit more spread than the left toe and in both it is more the "belly". The numbness has not spread to other toes neither grown within the big toes themselves. It doesn't hurt it just feels very strange.
The days before and after this started I had been walking a lot and for many hours in a row (12-14 hours) carrying weight at times and under intense heat and high levels of humidity (in Ghana) because of work but mainly with open relatively comfortable sandals. I naturally wound up with quite a bit of backache and short of breath. I had many blisters but they healed well.
I also had a sciatica "crisis", but I frequently get that after a long or uncomfortable car ride (which had been the case.) It was not really bad, just a continuous reminder that the nerve was pinched.
I was recently tested for diabetes and it came back negative.
I am now back home and am just wondering whether I should be concerned and looking further into this.
Thank you for any suggestions.
Hi, There seems to be an obvious "cause and effect" here. You did a lot of walking carrying heavy weight and now you have numbness in both toes. The 2 things that come to mind are either a local nerve irritation at the level of the toes, possibly from sandals not designed for a lot of walking carrying heavy object, or perhaps a radiculopathy, or nerve irritation coming out of your lower spine. I would think either cause should improve over a short period of time if you are no longer doing a lot of walking, if not, then a trip to the doctor would be indicated. Marc Mitnick DPM