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What can cause numbness in ankle & foot?

Updated February 21, 2017

According to the University of Michigan Health System, many conditions can affect the nerves of the foot and ankle, causing numbness and other symptoms.

Morton's Neuroma

A growth around the nerves, called a Morton's neuroma, can cause pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes, especially between the third and fourth toes, and in the ball of your foot.

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve in your back (such as one caused by a herniated disc) or buttocks can cause pain down the leg and into the foot. A pinched nerve in your ankle (tarsal tunnel syndrome) can also cause numbness.

Poor Circulation

People with poor circulation, especially those with diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, often have burning, numbness or lack of feeling in their feet.

Neurological Disease

Neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease or cerebral palsy can cause ankle and foot numbness.

Other Causes

Other possible causes of numbness in the ankle and foot are leg and foot deformities, spinal problems and shoe laces tied too tight.

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Carol Wiley started writing as a technical writer/editor in 1990, was a licensed massage therapist for almost 12 years and has been writing Web content since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, a Master of Business Administration, a Certificate in Technical Writing and Editing and a Certificate in Massage Therapy.