numbness of soles of feet
For the past 5 months, my husband has numbness of the pads of his sole and along the outer side of his feet. He has had an EMG and a MRIslight herniation of s45. Three orthos have no answers. he has had ankle ligament surgery 30 yrs ago and episodes of plantar fasciitis and nowm is being referred to a neurologist. Could this be a b12 def?
I would continue the follow up with the neurologist to rule
out any serious neurological issues. B12 deficiency may be an issue but
there are probably other factors involved to create such pronounced
symptoms. If he is a vegetarian he is at greater risk for B12 issues.
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With this said, it is clear that his nerves are under some distress. This
may be a result of the compression from the budging disks in his low back or
something else not yet identified. A slight lenition does not quite account
for the severity of his symptoms. There is no harm in supporting the
nerves with nutritional approaches such as B12. Vitamin B6 is also very
important for nerve function so that is one you should also consider.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition in the foot equivalent to the carpal
tunnel syndrome in the wrist. This can cause symptoms of burning and
shooting pain as well as numbness in certain individuals. B6 and B12 can
be very helpful in supporting this type of issue. I would also have him
consider a high quality fish oil to get the benefits of anti-inflammatory
omega-3 fatty acids. Compression on the nerve from any cause is likely to
be a result of some type of inflammation. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish
oil help to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
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