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Numb Toe Conundrum

I've just returned from some bad weather in the mountains. The top half of my big toes have been numb during the trip till now. Should I be concerned? Will they regain feeling again in time to come?

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Question:

I’ve just returned from some bad weather in the mountains. The top half of my big toes have been numb during the trip till now. Should I be concerned? Will they regain feeling again in time to come?

Submitted by – Jill, Singapore

Answer:

A numb toe (or toes)–most often the big toe–and even more often the outside and/or top of the big toe, is a common complaint from backpackers.

The cause, again most often, is an improper boot fit. (Other things could also cause the loss of adequate circulation.) If it happens occasionally, it’s not a big deal. But if it happens all the time, you should try to find a boot that alleviates the problem. Perhaps a wider and/or longer boot will do the job. Persistent numbness in a toe may lead to permanent nerve damage, so if the numbness keeps on and on, have a doc take a look. –BUCK