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Foot Numbness During Work Outs

When I use the arc trainer after about 12 minutes my feet go numb, kinda on the pinky side into my toes. On the eliptical I can go about 20 min if I use a high angle.

I cant use the treadmill because I have plantar fasicitis (sorry bout spelling) so long walks on there any good for my arches even with orthotics, the podiatrist said the treadmill is the last thing people with my condition are able to do again.

Does this happen to anyone else? Does it get better with time/weight loss? Am I doing something wrong possibly?

Mon. Apr 16, 3:54pm

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Below is a link to a similar thread. In case it doesn't work, the subject line is "Numb foot and elliptical".

My quick-fix: consciously shift your weight so you're carrying a little more on your heels instead of your balls (the ones on your feet, of course). The numbness should start to dissipate pretty quickly.


Monday, April 16, 2007, 4:20 PM

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Definitely happens to me too!!!

Monday, April 16, 2007, 4:27 PM

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I have that problem from time to time and I wiggle my toes and push with my heels and it helps.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 4:29 PM

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me, too.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 4:43 PM

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Its from a lack of circulation to your toes because of your posture or your exerting your self a lot and all of your blood is going to more critical areas like your internal organs but the more you exercise the better it gets.


Monday, April 16, 2007, 6:26 PM

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Could you have possibly tied your shoes too tight? When I run I don't want my runners moving around, but there is such a thing as tying them too tight...

I never understand how walking on a treadmill can be out for a person... unless they're already with a walker or wheelchair...

Monday, April 16, 2007, 6:52 PM

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I think the above comment is sort of obnoxious...Im not the OP but I have a back problem and was told to stop ALL exercising...walking, running, elliptical, etc. And I am not in a wheelchair.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 9:06 PM

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If muscles aren't used, they atrophy. Walking is generally how people get around- sure, you can fly or drive, but you still usually have to walk to your car or to your seat. If you have to stay off your feet for an injury, or can't use your legs, of course a treadmill is out. But if you walk through the grocery store or the mall, you can use a treadmill. Of course, that doesn't mean you can run on it. A treadmill isn't just for running.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 9:56 PM

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I get numbness too, on my fourth toes. Drives me nuts! Would love a solution. And it's just with a lot of hard working out of various kinds, not tight shoes or anything obvious. I start imagining my toes are going to get gangrene or something and that kinda takes the fun out of the workout.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 1:33 AM

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I had/have plantar fasciitis as well. I have to tell you, I have been able to stop the pain almost entirely. I had a cortizone shot several years ago. That helped, but supposedly, its affect is not permanent. At the same time, my podiatrist explained the problem to me and showed me exercises to help. I found it difficult to do the exercises as he had said, but found something similar that helped me immensely.
Find a curb or small ledge. Put your heel on the bottom surface, and your toes up on the top ledge. (Keep your foot in a straight forward position.) Now, keep your heel down and gently lean in toward the ledge pressing your foot down to get a stretch in the arch area of your foot. When you feel a good stretch in the arch area, hold the position while you count to about 30. Stretch it out. Try doing the same thing with just your toes pressed straight up against the wall or ledge. At first, I did this about 5 times each morning, and it has made a huge difference to me. When my foot felt better, I just do it as I thought about it or when I was standing near a curb at the bus stop or something. It's been at least 5 years since my corizone shot now, and I've probably only done this exercise 4 or 5 times in the last year. When my foot starts to hurt - as it occasionally does - I do it again, and the pain is gone. Walking rarely bothers my foot at all. Good Luck -- I hope that helps.

On the numbing thing -- it really could be that your shoes are too tight - since you said it was mostly on the outside. I would venture a guess that your foot is wider than your shoe near the toes, and that the exercise action pushes your toes into the shoe.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 1:33 AM

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