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What causes numbness on the soles of both feet

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Both feet hurt on the very bottoms and feel very numb. I''ve been told it''s poor circulation, but it doesn''t go away no matter how much I exercise. Otherwise, I''m in good health. I''m 65 years old. They hurt whether I''m driving or walking.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Family Physician replied 8 years ago.
How long have you had this?

What if any tests have been done?

Do you have any medical problems? Are you taking any medications?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
This has been bothering me approximately 2 or 3 months.
I have not had any tests done.
No medical problems that I know of.
Not taking any medications.
I do have exima on both ankles, and have been using vaseline to keep the itch down, which has worked pretty good if I use a lot.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
This has been bothering me approximately 2 or 3 months. I have not had any tests done, and have no medical problems that I know of. I'm not taking any medications. I do have exema on both ankles, and have been using vaseline to control the itch, which has worked pretty good if I use a lot.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I'm not overweight, and have never had high blood-pressure.
Expert:  Family Physician replied 8 years ago.
There are a number of medical causes of numbness. This could be related to circulation as you suggested, but it may also be related to peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves in the legs).

Some causes of peripheral neuropathy include diabetes (sometime even before the patient has been diagnosed), Vitamin B12 deficiency, alcohol use, certain drugs.

I would suggest seeing your doctor and if necessary asking for a referral to a neurologist.
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