Why is my heel numb?


According to WebMD, heel numbness is a common symptom of heel spurs, a condition in which calcium deposits form underneath the heel bone. Heel spurs are caused by strains and repeated wear and tear of the membrane that covers the heel bone. Risk factors include running on hard surfaces, obesity and gait abnormalities.

Drugs.com explains that numbness in the heel area is a common symptom of a trapped nerve. Trapped nerves are often caused by fractures or sprains. Symptoms include pain, numbness and tingling sensations inside or surrounding the heel area. If the trapped nerve is the result of a sprain or fracture, additional symptoms such as bruising or swelling often accompany the numbness and tingling sensations.

According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, stress fractures cause pain and numbness in or around the heel area. Stress fractures are caused by continual traction of the planter fascia, the ligament on the bottom of the foot that supports the arch. Stress fractures are common in women with osteoporosis. The nerves along the side of the foot become irritated due to inflammation and thickening of the plantar fascia causing burning and numbness. Stress fractures are typically treated with cast boots. Heel numbness is also a sign of back problems.

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The heel numbness could be caused by a number of things. Consult your Physician or health care practioner.
Lack of proper blood circulation. See your medical professional right away.
Numbness is typically caused by interrupted nerve function.This can be induced by a disruption of blood flow to the area. (Resource 2) If the feet and toes are subjected to cold temperatures
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Burning Sensation
Damage to or dysfunction in the nervous system, injuries, and nutritional deficiencies can cause burning sensations. Treatments are helpful in controlling pain. More »
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