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Some Heel Numbness Served with Pins and Needles in the Toes

Posted Mar 25 2014 7:23am
Some Heel Numbness Served with Pins and Needles in the Toes

This weekend, I had the opportunity to self-diagnose an unusual ailment - numbness in my heel that extended over time to my toes, resulting in pins and needles. A Google search narrowed it down to diabetes and sciatica, mostly. I didn't even want to entertain the thought of diabetes, so I opted to look at sciatica instead.
"Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve to cause the pain." (Wikipedia)
One of the interesting things about sciatica is that it is handled differently, depending on severity and the individual. For now, I'm stretching and seeing if that helps. I got on the foam roller briefly, but it was so uncomfortable I decided to delay that aspect of my treatment. Total wimp.
As I age, the aches, pains, and complaints become an ever-longer list. Happily, for now, they seem to err on the side of less than critical, at least according to my self-diagnosis. I'll take sciatica over diabetes any day.
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