Hello, my big toe on my left foot has been feeling numb for the past couple days, similar to if it were asleep. I recently started a job as a cashier, so I'm thinking that maybe being on my feet all the time has caused it. Is there any kind of shoe insert or something like that I could use to help? I'm hoping that that will make it go away, and if not the internet is telling me it could be a blood clot D:
Numbness in a single toe is usually from compression of a local nerve. The nerves on the top or the side of the foot are vulnerable, and can be irritated if the shoes are laced too tightly or are too narrow, and of course can be worse if your feet get swollen toward the end of a long day. If that is the case, the numbness should go away when you take the shoes off. Here is a link that demonstrates some alternate lacing methods to take the pressure off different areas: http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20411261,00.html
Shoe inserts will change the shape of the foot a little bit, usually supporting the arch, so if your arch is collapsing ("flat footed") and putting pressure on a nerve, they may help. The best local over the counter insert is called Superfeet, and they can be found at several different stores.Blood clots usually cause pain, swelling, redness, tenderness; I'm not aware of numbness being a prominent feature. However, numbness can also be from nerve irritation in the low back, the pelvis, the lower leg, or even a growth in the foot itself. Numbness of multiple toes can also be from metabolic problems. So if the numbness doesn't go away, get evaluated by your regular provider!