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Why do my toes get numb after 15-20 min of cardio?

This started happening about 5 months ago. Nothing different than normal, same amount of cardio, same type of cardio...

Tue. May 23, 1:00pm

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Maybe you are tying your shoes too tight? Loosening mine a bit would do the trick on cardio machines, like the stair climber or elliptical.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 1:39 PM

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me too!

That used to happen to me all the time! It felt like I had little strings tied around my toes. I adjusted how I tied my shoes - they were actually too loose near my toes and too tight near the top - and the problem went away.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 2:07 PM

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Crazy!! I keep telling my husband that happens to me, but only on the eliptical and stair climber. I am thinking about getting some different shoes. It is so uncomfortable when it happens. It is like a cross between my feet falling a sleep and them hurting a little.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 2:53 PM

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if your toes feel numb frequently during exercise, you will eventuallly lose a toenail! it happened to me twice. you aren't getting enough blood flow to your toes. maybe shoes are too tight, socks are too thick , or you need to unclench your feet between each step...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 3:53 PM

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I have tried tightening my shoes at the toe area and loosening them, neither makes a difference....only happens on elliptical and arc trainer.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 6:32 PM

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yeah this happens to me too-but only when i'm on the elliptical machine . . .nothing else . . .and only if i'm on for 45 mins or more!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 11:23 PM

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The key is to place your shoes on your feet and before lacing you knock the foot back into the heel (bounce your heel against the inside of the heel of the shoe) and then lace up the shoe. This seats the heel and lacing after doing this holds the foot in the shoe without slipping forward as much. Wearing socks that are too thick can also contribute as the foot slips forward in the sock placing additional pressue on the toes and temporary shock to the nerve which results in the numbness. Hope this helps!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 12:50 AM

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try lacing your shoes backwards, with the tie at the toe instead of the top.

Thursday, May 25, 2006, 2:02 PM

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I get the same thing when I bike ride for a long time. I wear bike shoes with one buckle, so the laces aren't the problem.

Thursday, May 25, 2006, 2:15 PM

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I used to get this too, only on the elleptical trainer. In a variety of footwear, so it wasn't the shoes. My trainer suggested that even few minutes I work backwards on the machine (if your machine does that) or that I spend a few seconds every minute focusing on pushing through my heels, rather than my toes. It worked for me!

Sunday, May 28, 2006, 4:43 AM

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