Do You Feel Like Your Feet Are Encased In Wax?

A common comment that I hear from my patients is that their feet is numb. Not the "usual" numb that you may feel from time to time. This is the kind of numb that people feel and describe that they feel like they are wearing multiple pair of socks, even when they weren't. They feel like their feet are encased in wax. It doesn't hurt, but it's not right. These patients are suffering from peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where the nerves to the lower extremity no longer function efficiently and effectively. This can result in a burning or stinging pain or a sensation of numbness. Both are bothersome to those who suffer from it. Although diabetes is a common cause of peripheral neuropathy, it is far from the only cause. In fact, it is unfortunately common to not find a cause for peripheral neuropathy at all. These factors make it difficult to treat. It also leads to frustration when symptoms linger.

There a number of medications that have been marketed for pain from neuropathy. These include Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Neurontin. These are only effective when the neuropathy presents with pain and often have side effects. For neuropathy where it feels like the feet are numb as if they are encased in wax, vitamin supplements have often proven to be effective in alleviating the symptoms.

Neuremedy is a medical food neuropathy vitamin containing a fat-soluble form of thiamine, which is Vitamin B1. Metanx is another medical food that has a multitude of vitamins and nutrients that aids in nutritionally supporting the nerves. Both are without interactions to other medications and carry no side effects. If effective, these vitamins must be taken on an ongoing basis to continue their effect.

I can't guarantee that you will realize relief by utilizing any of these medications, vitamins, and therapies, since everything works differently for different people. I do know that many with neuropathy are told that nothing can be done. That can't be farther from the truth. Give your podiatrist in Houston, TX a call and see if one or more is right for you.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
7 Comments
My toes were numb to the touch, they would cramp if I moved them a certain way; my feet smelled awful; my legs and ankles were terribly swollen with water weight. I had calluses on my heels and toes, so I decided to start taking care of my feet with one of those electric grinders. Believe it or not - once I ground enough dead skin away - underneath those calluses were years, and I mean decades of corns, more calluses, even more corns. There were soft calluses filled with fatty pus, there were corns between my toes, there were corns stacked on corns stacked on corns - it was horrendous. It has taken almost a year of soaking, careful trimming and filing to rid myself of the disgusting 'armor' encasing my poor feet and toes. But that's not the end, because the very last layer is like a thin coating of wax, especially where the arch is. And that's where I am now. That 'armor' had tightened around my toes and heel, cutting off most of the circulation to my feet. No wonder my legs were so puffy and my toes were numb. All reversed now. I consider it a miracle - literally. No more water weight. I can feel the blood moving through my legs. I have bones in my calves I could never see before. My ankles are trim and I don't get cramps in my toes anymore. I can feel my toes! My feet smell fresh and clean! My feet touch the ground!!! I feel healthier, period. I have to wonder how many other people are suffering like this - underneath those innocent looking calluses could be some mighty gross stuff doing some terrible damage.
by jay October 14, 2015 at 12:26 PM
The wax feeling comes and goes. It is not permanent. Sometimes I get relief by wearing socks whereby you do not feel the wax feeling. However, I will try the vitamins. Roger Hayes.
by Roger Hayes November 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM
I feel like my toes and front part of me feet are encased in wax.
by Jack August 20, 2014 at 04:12 PM
I have a wax feeling under my feet but no pain. What shall I do.
by Roger Hayes April 24, 2014 at 04:40 AM
I have a wax feeling under my feet but no pain. What shall I do.
by Roger Hayes April 24, 2014 at 04:39 AM
I feel like that exactly
by Karen April 8, 2014 at 02:12 AM
Both of my feet have some numbness,especially underneath the foot, where my toes attach. If I rub or scratch an itch on my right foot, it will leave a red mark, sort of like a rash. It doesn't seem to be going away. It want do that with my left foot. Sometimes, I have a burning sensation in the lower section of my legs. I function fine with NO pain. It's weird. What are your thoughts?
by Curtis Adams April 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM
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