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Lingering toe numbness

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Spent last weel in vail with new Surefoot Beast 12 boots. I have a wide foot and while they got it right after three major adjustment, and was in serious pain for the first two days. My third, fourth and fifth toes were getting squeezed to the point where they were pushed under, red and numb when i removed boots.

I havent been on skis in a week, but my toes are still a bit numb. Should this go away on its own, or did I damage something warranting a trip to an MD? Back at work, and it's a bit odd wearing loafers with numb toes.

post #2 of 24
If you haven't regained all your feeling back by now you really ought to get to the MD. What color are you toes and how does the color respond to to your toes being pinched?

Lack of blood flow and cold temps can do some crazy things to extremities.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Toes look fine. Normal color, mobility etc. They just feel numb.
post #4 of 24
maybe its a good thing... they wont hurt next time the boots are on
post #5 of 24
Chances are that you have pinched a nerve. You might want to check with an MD.
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Never had any foot problems. Is this for a neurologist, orthopedist, podiatrist, sports medicine?? Any recommendations in NYC??
post #7 of 24
Where exactly do you have the numbness now? Assuming you don't have circulatory problems, diabetes or some other peripheral neuropathy, your boots likely pinched off the nerve in one spot. The nerve likely demyelinated (nerve insulation being "stripped") or died off at that pressure point. If it just demyelinated the numbness should go away pretty soon. If you killed the nerve, it usually can grow back from the point of injury to your toes but it takes a long time (2-5mm/week?). If the nerve was pinched between the metatarsals (the bones going towards your toes) you can get what is called a neuroma. Kind of like swelling in the nerve. If that happens it will become easier and easier to pinch off the nerve. Its called a mortons neuroma. I have one in my left foot. The rental boots I have been using have been killing it. Hopefully my new boots will help. A GP would be good enough to tell if it was anything serious. If it does turn into a neuroma you would probably want to see a combination of a sports med doc, physical therapist, and pedorthist. The final stage is to get the neuroma removed by a surgeon. Of course don't take any of this as any sort of medical advice.
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks -- very helpful. Toes are numb from last joint on, more or less.
post #9 of 24
After Surefoot got a hold of me, my right 3rd and 4th toes were numb for six months.
post #10 of 24
During one really cold season racing in Maine I realized my big toes were permanently numb. They came back in July and have been fine ever since.
post #11 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm glad Surefoot doesnt make boxer shorts -- then going numb for six months would be a real problem!
post #12 of 24
Originally Posted by absame
I'm glad Surefoot doesnt make boxer shorts -- then going numb for six months would be a real problem!
Now that's funny!!

Can you imagine paying 150.00 for bad boxer shorts?
post #13 of 24
Originally Posted by lowphat
Now that's funny!!

Can you imagine paying 150.00 for bad boxer shorts?
Nah, they'd also sell you a pair of $600 slacks...all wrong for your shape...but what they need to unload before the off-season. You'd pay out the wazoo for alterations and then they'd end up in your basement...forever...after you found a good tailor.
post #14 of 24
I've had similar trouble... after the onnly pair of boots I ever got from Surefoot (that disastrous pair of X-Waves). I have a super wide foot, and the undersides of my middle toes (the 2 next to the big toe) often go numb and then catch fire and the pain is so bad, I want to put my feet in the snow. I think it is something to do with pressure on the 6th toe, OR, something to do with a collapse of the ball of the foot, in the foot's centre.
post #15 of 24
now im starting to worry my botos may be too tight
post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
Went skiing again this weekend at Jiminy. Same problem. Boots had been too tight but surefoot fixed that. Toes start going numb within 1/2 hour of putting on boots. Seems to get better as the day goes on as liner compresses. Seem to feel pressure on outside of foot. Not painful but I think it's pinching a nerve. I'll give surefoot one more try then go to another fitter.
post #17 of 24
apparently, pressure on the 6th toe region can press a nerve, which transfers to the middle toes. (I've been chatting to others with foot/toe pain this week about this).
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
Wow, the things you learn on the internet -- I didnt even know I had 6 toes on my foot! Now I'm getting confused.
post #19 of 24
sigh. I assumed, that as you had been buying boots and dealing with bootfitters, and have a wide foot, that you would be familiar with the term "6th toe". Evidently not.
post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
have been recently-- but no one used that term. But you've described my issue.
post #21 of 24
You should see a podiatrist for an evaluation as this is a potentially serious condition. I had ball of the foot numbness for ~8 months and the first doctor I saw told me to stop skiing.

If you are into home remedies, which you may have to suggest to the physician, read on. If you have a slightly compressed a nerve from ski boots sometimes a band aid with a small piece of cork or slice of rubber from a penicl taped at the back of the ball of the foot behind the numb toes will spread your metatarsals enough to relieve the pressure. My custom foor beds for my ski boots have this feature and it works great.

My doctor thought it was worth trying when I suggested it to him. I learned of the 'fix' from a good boot technician.
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Ball of the foot does get numb at first then it goes away, but the toes linger.

I went to surefoot because I've never really had a comfortable pair of boots and they were recommended by friends. No I have custom footbeds and adjusted boots, but I've never had a problem like this, even with the boots I rented two years ago when I returned to skiing.

Now a sensitive question -- is a podiatrist a real doctor?? No flames please, just never had any foot problems before, but always wondered.
post #23 of 24
A Podiatrist typically isn't an MD, but has a Doctorate of Podiatry or what ever. This may vary by state.
post #24 of 24
surefoot neckties?
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