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Help! Toe numbness - Shoe suggestions please

Help! Toe numbness - Shoe suggestions please

Mar 28th, 2007, 08:38 PM
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Help! Toe numbness - Shoe suggestions please

Hi! I have been reading the shoe topics and no one seems to address this problem. It is supposedly very common. After walking and standing for about 30 minutes to an hour, my right three toes start to go numb and burn and get tingly. After getting off the foot, the feelings go away after a few minutes. When you start walking it starts again.
I have invested in MBT's which help, but put to much pressure on my hips. Does any one have this problem and could you please tell me what you do about it.
I have spent a fortune on shoes in the last five years. We are going to Charleston and France in the next six months, and I just need one pair of shoes that work.
If anyone has any information, please,please let me know. I have worn an orthotic several years ago and that could possibly be my answer, but I still need shoe advice. Thanks everso much, Sharon
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Mar 28th, 2007, 08:45 PM
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My diabetic friend who has part of his foot amputated wears SAS shoes.

You might try those. What is left of his foot goes numb from time to time as well.

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Mar 28th, 2007, 08:46 PM
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you might get a better response if you post in the Lounge.
Mar 28th, 2007, 10:01 PM
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Hi shanart, have you talked to your doctor about this problem. If not I sure would. And one other thought that I picked up from a neighbor some months ago. She had a similar problem..it turned out that her problem was that she allowed her toe nails to grow a bit to long. Once she kept them cut short her problem dissapeared.

And yes, if you repost this on the Lounge you will no doubt receive more responses. Best wishes.
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Mar 28th, 2007, 10:05 PM
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This is a serious question for a podiatrist, not for a travel forum. See a doctor ASAP!
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Mar 28th, 2007, 10:40 PM
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I agree with Brotherthelove shanart. You do need to have a medical evaluation. Best wishes to you.
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Mar 29th, 2007, 04:27 PM
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Thanks everybody. Yes, I have been evaluated. Unfortunately, I whammed my foot into a fan thirty-five years ago. That is part of the problem. This condition is very common and has a name, which I forget. I was interested in seeing if anyone else had this problem. I'll go online and see if I can come up with the name of it.
SAS sounds interesting, I've heard of that brand. Thanks again, I'll try to hit the lounge! Sharon
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Mar 29th, 2007, 04:41 PM
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My deepest sympathies for your impairment, and I wonder why you address the Fodor's Travel Forum with this question.

But I do have a suggestion -- Birkenstock sandals. I love them for the past 15 years. I have no idea if these will help you or not, but I have worn them around major European cities and to work in the US. The cork layer is a genius idea.

Wear dark socks!

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Mar 30th, 2007, 05:09 PM
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I know this is a medical problem, but since you asked. . . Please, see a Doctor again. See at least two. Don't get just one opinion before treatment. There are so many things it could be. Be careful of getting shots. They can be a quick, short term fix that cause worse problems long term! Don't get Birkenstocks before seeing a Doctor. If you are having a problem because of the way your feet are striking the ground, that needs to be addressed. Birkenstocks give wonderful cushioning and flexibility, but soon mold to the feet and can make some problems much worse.
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In response to your foot problem:I have found that Finn Comfort is a great shoe for travelling. I must add it all depends on what the problem is ; I need a bit of a n heel(1-1/4 inches high) and a wide foot base .My orthotic is quite large and these
types of shoes will support a large othotic.IN travelling to Germany last year
I found a pair of shoes that have that size heel and give my toes space (yet support ) and with my pethorist putting in a metatarsis support I can now wear these shoes each day ( amazing).Hope this helps you .
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Mar 30th, 2007, 08:08 PM
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Thanks again for the quick responses. Oh, I have worn Birkenstocks for years. I recently moved on to MBT's. Now I am back to Birks. I think I need to go have another insert made for my right foot. this has been an ongoing problem for twenty or so years.
Living in a small town, as I do, makes one want quick fixes. It is 100 miles to Birmingham, Al., but I guess that is where I'll be going. thanks again for the shoe advice. I will try them all. Sharon
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Mar 30th, 2007, 09:18 PM
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O my dear shanart, I do believe you
have yourself a Morton's neroma!
Very common, yes; however, that doesn't
make it less painful.........

Of course you should see a podiatrist.
The foot doc may suggest cortisone
shots, or othotics with a built-up
area under the ball of the foot to
alleviate some of the pressure. As
a last result, an operation to try
to remove the nerve that is causing
the prob.

If you google "Morton's Neroma" you'll
get more info than you can shake a toe

I speak as one who has walked that walk!
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Mar 30th, 2007, 10:58 PM
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I started wearing SAS shoes about 20 years ago and the problem is, I can't wear anything else. Every year my daughter gets another pair of shoes from me. I keep trying more stylish, but have to go back to my SAS. You do have to find a store that carries them. You won't be able to get them on-line.
As everybody has said, do see a Doc. also, Good luck, Joan
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Mar 30th, 2007, 11:10 PM
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a good podiatrist should give you a list of shoe brands and models he likes for what your issue is. sometimes doctors who are runners or athletes will also be able to help more.

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I agree, it sounds like Morton's Neroma which I have had and if that is the problem - I would skip the shots - if offered - I am personally not into needles and consider the surgery - recoup time is relatively short -about a week off of your feet and then you walk again. I had it for years and constantly looked for solutions until I got shooting nerve pains if I walked bare footed - hmm time for help. Now I walk 2-3 miles a day for exercise and have no discomfort. Now if it happens again - I would get the surgery immediately. Around here it is done in out patient day surgery clinic. At least find out what the problem is and if the doc blames it on what happened years ago - find someone else possibly younger with a better knowledge base although Morton's Neroma is not at all unusual - at least find someone who is capable of doing the surgery. I understand you frustration from living in a more rural area - my Mom had that issue where she lived - I guess that is a pro for big cities. Other things to be aware of is the the width of your shoes- many people wear their shoes too narrow - I do not have a wide foot but changed to wide width shoes when I started having problems and now even though I eliminated the problem - would never go back. Doctor was adamate about shoes being wide enough. I also have used men's shoes when the style is unisex - you have to go to a smaller size but the box of the shoe is broader (the inside where your toes are). That is often why people have discomfort because their toes are squeezed together. Good luck - see the doctor!
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You'll have more luck Googling it if you look for "Morton's neuroma" (note spelling)
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Mar 31st, 2007, 04:43 AM
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Bcirish, Am I to understand that you did have the surgery? that is exactly what I have. Morton Neuroma. What a devil. The reason I posted this nasty foot problem on this web-site is when one travels and one is a certain age, it seems to be all about the shoes and the feet Thanks again everyone, and Bcirish, please send me a little more information. Sharon
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Mar 31st, 2007, 06:52 AM
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Yes after trying everything I opted for the surgery. If I had it to do over again I would have done the surgery much sooner. I had it about 3 1/2 years ago. I wore heavier socks bigger shoes and even tried the cortisone shot which I found to be useless and very painful - don't like needles and the Doctor was not very good. I went to a different doctor who took one look and said that I had a lot of tissue around the area and may have some residual problems ( did not ) but all would be better quickly. I had a general - he made a small incision on the top of my foot and made the repair - about 30 minutes- I kept my foot elevated for a couple of days - wore one of those funny shoes for about a week and have been go to go ever since. If you would like more details - contact me off board and I would be glad to tell you anything else you might want to know. The biggest thing the doctor said is that people are cruel to their feet and strongly supports shoes which do not restrict your toes. Many things can cause the problem and surgery is the only thing that will make it go away.
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Mar 31st, 2007, 02:26 PM
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Marci - of course, it's neuroma - I was
just having a slight mentalpausal attack!

Sanart: I too opted for surgery but my
recoup was six weeks (my doctor was
very conservative). I'm fairly happy
with the result but my second toe is
totally wonky b/c the nerve has been
removed! To add insult to injury I
had to pay 1200.Cdn. rather than go
on a 4 year waitlist!

My DD has had the op. done twice - sad
to say, the nerve can re-generate and
the prob. re-occur.
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Mar 31st, 2007, 04:34 PM
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Wow, Ya'll have given me a lot to think about! I never knew surgery was an option. We have a few trips planned over the spring and summer and then we are going to France. I would love to be able to tackle that country with my former "How much can we see and do today," attitude. I will check into everything and thank ya'll again, so, so much! Sharon
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