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10 months ago my right big toe went numb then the next toe and now all four and the ball of my foot is numb to where when I walk its rocking my foot out and I do have pain in this foot its not discolored I don't know where or who to go to. Been having headaches, I don't know if its related? Did get hecked for diabetes don't have it thank god.almost feels like there something in my foot. Please help my left foot is fine I wwear low shoes but am on my feet all day at work

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Judith,

This is a tough one.  Nerve pain consists of burning, tingling, or numbness to the toes.  It usually starts in the toes and travels up the foot.  When people complain of nerve pain I always ask if there are any back problems (i.e. herniated discs, bulging discs, arthritis)which can cause nerve pain to one or both lower limbs.  If this is negative, check on Vitamin deficiencies such as B12 which can cause nerve pain.  Systemic problems such as Thyroid disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Lyme Disease.  Medications can cause nerve pain as well.  I think I would start with seeing your primary care doctor and have him or her check you medications and labs.  If nothing comes up, a podiatrist can order a nerve conduction test to rule out nerve entrapments or radiculopathy.  Hope this helps and let me know if I can assist with anything else.

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Dr. Leslie Johnston, DPM

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any podiatry related question. bunions, hammertoes, arthritis in foot and ankle, lumps and bumps, foot pain, ankle pain, neuromas, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot care, ulcers, neuropathy, charcot, ankle replacements, trauma, sports medicine, Achilles injuries, ankle sprains ect.

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Currently working as an Associate for Advanced Podiatry in Tampa, FL. Finished 3 year surgical residency with additional certification in rearfoot and ankle reconstruction. Worked in wound care clinic at Veteran's Hospital using advance wound care techniques.

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DPM degree earned from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine 2005-2009 completed 3 year podiatric medical and surgical residency training at James A. Haley VA 2009-2012. Board qualified status for American Board of Podiatric Surgeons in foot and rearfoot and ankle surgery 2012.

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1st runner up in Resident case presentations at annual Science and Management Symposium 2012 Who's who among colleges and universities 2009

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