Sports Medicine/Numbness in right foot

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Hello, and thanks for your help. I was walking up some stairs 2 weeks ago as part of an exercise routine, and something went kablooey all of a sudden. The weirdest symptom was immediate numbness in my right foot, specifically the 3 toes on the right, the outside part of my right foot, and parts of my sole. All other symptoms went away except for this, and a swelling behind my right knee, and the right side. I can walk OK, there is no pain, but my doctor found weakness in my right calf muscle, and no reflexes in my right ankle. He wants to wait another month to see if the symptoms go away on their own. In the meantime I can't wear most of my shoes because I lose some circulation in my foot. Loose fitting shoes are fine. Any thoughts? Thanks again.

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Hi Dan - sounds a bit bizarre so I agree with your Dr. To see how these symptoms respond over this next month. He might consider referring you to physical therapy for evaluation & treatment. You might have aggravated a nerve in your foot as typical neuroma (enlarged nerve), symptoms often involve the area of the foot you described. Should your symptoms of swelling, weakness persist a consult with neurologist makes sense. Your age & medical history is also pertinent. (diabetes?). Wear comfortable gym shoes with good arch support even if you need some slightly larger to accommodate the swelling. I do feel that physical therapy, to increase strength, range of motion & evaluate balance & reflexes makes sense. Foot evaluation with podiatrist to ck. for neuroma & foot mechanics also good idea.... Hope this helps.. Dr. Bob Weil

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Diagnosis & treatment & PREVENTION of foot & foot related lower extremity sports related problems. Indications & uses of prescription in shoe orthotics. Foot, ankle functional exercises for injury prevention & enhanced performance. Specific specialty in orthotic use in figure skating & hockey. Access to all topics re sports medicine at sportsdoctorradio.com- radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.

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Podiatry Management Magazine, 9/10/10, "Hitting the Airwaves- this podiatrist uses his own radio show to promote Podiatry Podiatry Management Mag-6/-7/2010, "Figure Skating, Olympic Gold, & Podiatry Lower Extremity Review,7/2012, Pediatric Obesity weighs on Bones & Joints Numerous articles,"the sports doctor"- listed sportsdoctorradio.com- news articles 3 years of weekly radio shows, "the sports doctor", listed sportsdoctorradio.com-radio shows

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BA degree science Univ. Louisville, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Scholls College Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

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Treated many athletes in all sports, tennis- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, numerous members of 85 Super Bowl Bears Evan Lysacek, 2010 men's Olympic Gold Medal figure skating champion.

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