Peripheral Neurotherapy

Hi this is a wueston for the Nurses.
Basically numbness in the soul of your foot. In my case i’ve been advised its a side E of doxytaxel The last chemotherapy drug i was given. Back in 2022.
I wish to know whats the best treatment? and will i ever get full sensation restored?
thank you Moonsox


I have the same problem but i finished chemo 9 years ago. It has slightly improved but is still there.

Hello moonsox,

Thanks for posting.

It sounds like the numbness on the sole of your foot could be peripheral neuropathy. This happens when the peripheral nerves (nerves close to the surface of the skin) are damaged. It’s most common in the hands and feet. Docetaxel along with some other chemotherapies can cause peripheral neuropathy.

Main symptoms include a change in sensation such as pain, burning, numbness, pins and needles or tingling in the fingers or toes. If feet are affected it can also cause difficulties with walking, balance and coordination, which can increase the risk of falling.

For some people, symptoms are mild and go away soon after treatment stops. For most, symptoms will gradually improve over the weeks and months after the treatment has finished. For others, the symptoms persist and may not disappear completely. You explain your docetaxel was in 2022. It’s difficult to say whether it is likely that full sensation will be restored.

Peripheral neuropathy can impact on quality of life but here are some ways to help manage this.

Do contact your treatment team or GP to talk this through and see what might help in your individual situation.

It might also help to connect to other women who may have experienced something similar. If so you can post on this section of the forum and access support through the range of free services we offer. We have also produced a video about this.

If you have peripheral neuropathy and you drive, you will need to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (DVLA)

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