Do You Feel Like Your Feet Are Encased In Wax?

If your feet feel like they are cased in wax, this could be a sign of peripheral neuropathyA common comment that I hear from my patients is that their feet are numb. And this is not the "usual" numb that many of us feel from time to time. It's the kind of numb that people describe as feeling like they are wearing multiple pair of socks, even when they aren't. They feel like their feet are encased in wax. It doesn't hurt, but it's not right. These patients are suffering from a condition known as peripheral neuropathy

What is Peripheral Neuropathy? 

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where the nerves that run to your lower extremities no longer function efficiently and effectively. This can result in a burning or stinging pain or a sensation of numbness...and both are extremely bothersome. 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 any apparent cause for your peripheral neuropathy. These factors make it difficult to treat. It also leads to frustration when symptoms linger.

How do we Treat Neuropathy?

There a number of medications that have been marketed for treating the pain of neuropathy. These include Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Neurontin. But, these medications are only effective when your neuropathy presents with pain. And, they often come with unpleasant side effects. They will not help patients whose neuropathy makes their feet feel numb or as if they are encased in wax. In those situations, 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 can be taken without fear of interactions to other medications. Even better? They carry no side effects. If effective, these vitamins must be taken on an ongoing basis to continue their effect. 

Another exciting therapy available at my office is MicroVas, an FDA approved, non-invasive treatment that increases the circulation of blood in your feet and legs. This allows more oxygen to reach your nerves, improving or, in some cases even eliminating, the neuropathy symptoms that other  Supplements containing Vitamin B1 can help manage neuropathy symptomstreatments just can't help. 

What does that mean for my patients? If you felt numbness, or like your feet were stuck in wax, your sensation could be restored. If you experienced pain and tingling, your comfort level would improve--and without medications! I've seen great results with this form of therapy, which is why I was the first podiatrist in Houston to offer MicroVas treatments. 

Of course, with any of these treatment options, I can't guarantee that you will realize relief. Each of my patients is unique, which is why every neuropathy treatment works differently on different people. But want to know what I can guarantee? Many people with neuropathy are told that nothing can be done to relieve their discomfort. And I promise you: that statement can't be farther from the truth. Give your podiatrist in Houston, TX a call and see if one or more of these neuropathy treatment options may be right for you.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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13 Comments
Both soles of feet feel like they are encased in wax or cardboard. The feeling goes right up to my ankles. Does anyone know what this is and how to get rid of it?
by Ali G January 11, 2020 at 03:49 PM
Did anyone with the feeling of feet being encased in wax manage to make the feeling go away?
by Sandra Silvester August 17, 2017 at 10:53 AM
Peripheral neuropathy
by Sandra Silvester August 17, 2017 at 10:49 AM
In the last 1 1/2 - 2 mos my feet (soles of my feet ) feel stiff like cardboard or plastic. I am 81yrs old and this is a brand new feeling. I go barefoot a lot and so my feet are sort of tough, but this stiffness is a new feeling.
by Donna Stanger July 31, 2017 at 10:22 AM
I am in the U.K. My feet feel like they're encased in wax. I am struggling with the sensation and desperately want it to go. Has anyone got rid of this feeling?
by Sandra Silvester June 28, 2017 at 04:48 AM
I too have a feeling that my toes are encased in wax.
by Ellen Rose August 26, 2016 at 07:11 PM
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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