I have been having trouble with numbness, pain, and tingling in my feet for years. The sensation is in the bottom of my feet, mostly my toes and the ball of my foot.
I kept blaming my shoes and getting rid of pair after pair. It seemed like my shoes were squishing my toes. (And truly, I nearly always wear "sensible shoes" except for my flip flops.)
But finally, all of my shoes were bothering my feet, and it bothered my feet to go barefoot.
I went to a podiatrist and she said it was metarsalgia. She said that my foot bones (metatarsals) were too close together (I do have very narrow feet) and compressing nerves and tissue and causing inflammation and pain. She recommended a special support for this condition which I was able to get on amazon. It was an arch support that also was raised under the ball of the foot to spread out the metatarsals. I bought that and hated it immediately. It also didn't seem right to me to keep my foot bones in an unnatural position.
Due to loose ligaments, I have fallen arches. I realized the shoes that I could tolerate best had more arch support. I am now collecting shoes with good arch supports and a wide toe box. This has helped a lot.
I am also taking turmeric (2-4 capsules daily) and Omega oils (2-4 capsules daily) and borax (a pinch in my morning coffee). I am massaging my feet with arnica cream at night.
This has all greatly decreased the pain and numbness and I am encouraged!
Interestingly, I had been having some skin issues that wouldn't heal. I suspected that once I started on Omega oils that they would heal and they did in two days. It makes me think that these oils help the body heal on the inside and out!
~Mama to Many~