What is tingling toe?

Tingling toe, a feeling of “pins and needles” in your toe, can have a number of causes, including an injury (such as stubbing your toe), sitting in one position for a long period of time, ill-fitting shoes, or a circulation problem that impairs blood flow to the feet. Tingling toe can also be caused by nerve damage from extreme heat or cold or from toxic substances.

Alternatively, tingling toe may be caused by peripheral neuropathy, a disorder in which the peripheral nerves that relay signals between the body and the brain and spinal cord do not function properly. Peripheral neuropathy can be due to a number of specific diseases and disorders, including diabetes and alcoholism. In some cases, peripheral neuropathy has no known cause.

Depending on the cause of the tingling, it may occur in the feet only or in other areas of the body, as well. A tingling feeling may be the only symptom experienced or it may be accompanied by pain and numbness. The duration and course of tingling toe vary widely, depending on the cause. Symptoms caused by injury often have a sudden onset, whereas foot tingling resulting from underlying neuropathy develops slowly and persists or worsens over time.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if a sudden tingling sensation in your toe is accompanied by numbness or weakness on one side of your body; a change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness; or the worst headache of your life as these can be signs of stroke.

If your tingling toe is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.


What other symptoms might occur with tingling toe?

Tingling toe may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the toe also involve other body systems.

Toe symptoms that may occur along with tingling toe

Tingling toe may accompany other symptoms affecting the toe including:


What causes tingling toe?

Tingling toe can be the result of nerve or skin damage in the toe and surrounding tissues. Disorders that affect the nerves such as peripheral neuropathy and stroke may also cause tingling toe.

Common causes of tingling toe

Tingling toe may have several common causes including:

  • Exposure to toxins or poisons
  • Exposure to cold
  • Read more about tingling toecauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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