Numbness on bottom feet/heels.

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Hello everyone,

Lately I've been feeling great with my hypothyroid. I've decided to go on a more gluten, dairy and soy free diet as well as reducing sugar intake. But one problem that still bothers me is my heels being numb. They normally feel numb when I get up in the morning from sleeping, and on and off during the day. I thought this was part of an iron deficiency, but last doctor's appointment my thryoid doctor said my iron levels were great. I also ask for another blood draw looking at  B12, calicum, vitamin D, magnesium, etc and all came back normal. I've been researching and all it says is that certian vitamin deficiencies can cause numb feet, as well as diabetes. I'm pretty sure I don't have diabetes, but I'll have that looked into just in case. Do you guys have any other ideas as to what's causing the numbness?

 

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    Hello PRthyroid:

    My name is Shelly and I am a nurse in the USA. I have Hashimoto's thyroid disease.

    Your feet are very important and numbness can come from a few things.

    #1 - is wrong footwear.  Ill fitting shoes can cause hammer toes and bunions and if they press it can cause nerve pain.

    #2- Diabetes causes peripheral neuropathy but it can be unilateral or bilateral. It is from too much sugar in the blood and not enough insulin being made. You can have that measured by the blood.

    #3- Low levels of minerals like magnesium, can cause nerve pain also.  Low B-12 also.

    #4- A pinch nerve in the foot or in the back and it radiates down to the foot. It causes numbness/pain that can go through the butt and down the leg. An MRI can be done.

    #5- Plantar fascitis or heel pain,  and tears in the ligament from the ball of the foot to the heel. It can be treated. Some people also have Bone spur's.

    So see a podiatrist if needed.  They know the foot and can order X-ray's to check.

    Keep us posted on how you do.

    Shelly

     

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    Thank you Shelly,

    I will look at all of this and see what the source of this probelm is. I feel it's mostly likely Number 3 or 5.

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    I had this same problem when I was taking Levothyroxine.  It felt like neuropathy, very much nerve related.  Once I switched over to a natural thyroid medication.  The pain was completely gone.  Are you taking a T4 only hormone?
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      Well that's good to hear.  I also have some numbing in my hands and feet when I wake up in the morning due to some bulging discs in my neck.  It usually goes away once I start moving around in the morning.  Do you have any neck issues?  If there is any narrowing in your discs it can cause numbing and pain in your feet as well.  
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      Hmm....I don't think so. My back doesn't really bother me. Tho I do sleep on my back a lot. And one time I woke up with bad neck pain a month or so ago, tho I don't feel it anymore. That might have something to do with it. I'll keep a note on it.
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      Might be worth hsving a look at 'neck forward syndrome'. Because we spend so much time leaning forwards it's easy for our posture to become poor and for us to develop muscular skeletal problems. It's fixable with physiotherapy exercises if caught early enough.
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      Hello Barbara,

      After searching "neck forward syndrome" I do feel that I might have a bad habit of leaning forward while at my computer. So this may be the reason what's causing the numbness. I will try the exercises to help correct it. Thank you so much for the info.

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      Oh yes, thank you. I been feeling alot better since I payed more attention to my posture as well as raising the stand on my cpu to meet my eye level. As well as increasing my B12 thru meats to see if that helps with anything.
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