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I have some numbness in the balls of my feet and feel like I'm walking on rocks. I get intense itching on occasion with no relief for about 30 minutes. A podiatrist could not find anything wrong with x-rays. I have had this for at least 5 years now and it's driving me crazy. Any idea what I could be dealing with? I do not have diabetes.

Thank you for contacting IPFH. We do not diagnose conditions or provide medical advice on line. The sensation you describe in your feet could be caused by any of several conditions, so you may want to consult another foot care specialist for a second opinion. The numbness is a symptom that needs to be addressed. The itching could be simple dermatitis, it could be another skin condition, or it could be related to systemic conditions that can produce itching. This article is very technical, but it describes some systemic conditions that can produce itching of the skin. In your case it may be best to consult your primary care physician. He or she knows your medical history, and may have insights that can help point you toward a diagnosis and solution. Under any circumstance, your best course of action is to continue to pursue assistance in diagnosing and treating your condition with a medical professional. We hope you will continue to do that, and that you will soon have your condition resolved.

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