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My husband has had numbness on the outer edge of his right foot from his heel to the ball of his right toe for about 10 days now. He thinks it's related to his running and that it seems to be getting a bit better since he hasn't run since friday. Should he be concerned? Should he be seen by someone, if so who?

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Jen,

It sounds like your husband is experiencing nerve pain.  Repetitive motion can cause compression of the nerves along the ball of the foot, outside of the foot or heel.  If the numbness resolves after running and there are now side effects like pain or cramping that occur, then usually there is not anything of concern.  Changing your shoes, adding a more supportive insert or a metatarsal pad can alleviate symptoms that occur with activity only.  If the pain continues with daily activity and persists for more than 4 days, then I would see a podiatist.  He could be suffering from a neuroma which will not go away without professional treatment.

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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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