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Numbness in my toes and leg

Posted by timbo

I’d like a little advice. I'm putting this in men's health because I can't really find a specific category that covers leg numbness!

About –2 – 3 months ago I accidentally kicked the end a roll of carpet with my bare left foot and am fairly certain I broke/cracked at least two of my toes, the ones directly next to the big toe. I’ve broken toes before, always the little ones on either foot, and have just learned to live with it. I did the same on this occasion, taped the toes up a bit to protect them, and a week or two later most of the discomfort had subsided.

Since then though I’ve had a real problem with numbness in the toes and foot, and oddly enough it seems to be getting worse and even spreading, to a point where my whole leg seems to be getting affected with the numbness, particularly my hamstring. Some days are better than others, but it often feels very uncomfortable, like I’m walking on a leg that feels half dead, such as when you’ve had your legs crossed too long and it takes time to get it feeling right again once you stand up – I’m sure everyone’s had that sensation.

What’s been really concerning me though over the last week or so is that it even seems to be affecting my left arm. I get an odd mild numbness or pain on the inside of the upper arm, which doesn’t really hurt or anything, it’s just mildly annoying. And if I try resting my head on my left hand for any length of time, such as when I’m lying on the bed watching TV, the arm goes numb very quickly.

I had thought from the very beginning that perhaps my toe problem had caused some kind of nerve damage which was affecting the foot, but the way it seems to be affecting my whole leg, even my arm, makes me wonder if there’s something else going on that just happens to have overlapped with my toe problem.

I’m 50 years of age, am carrying a few extra pounds, and I do have a family history of heart-related problems, though my check-ups and blood pressure (67/110) are always fine. I even had some stringent heart-related tests done a couple of years ago due to some mild chest pains I was having, and received the all-clear. The pains went away soon after.

I do have a history of lower back problems as well resulting from a mild case of scoliosis, but as I’ve dealt with the issue for years, and haven’t had any real problems of late, I don’t think that’s the problem.

So does anyone have any ideas on what this could be, or had any experience with this type of creeping numbness resulting from, or separate to, breaks to appendages? I’m really trying to figure out which direction to take this – do my toes need to be reset, do I need to go back to the heart specialist, etc, etc.
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