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Why Do My Toes Go Numb WHen I Exercise?

Many patients notice that when they exercise, particularly on a treadmill or elliptical exerciser, that the toes on one or both feet go numb, relieved when they stop the workout.   The sensation is similar to when you sit down in an awkward position and your foot or leg “falls asleep”.

What actually occurs in these situations is some form of prolonged or repetitive pressure on a nerve that creates a nerve block much like when you receive a local anesthetic. In the exercise example, this can be the result of a shoe that is too tight in the toe box—by fit or from wearing thicker socks.  The surprising fact is that this can also happen in a shoe which is too loose-fitting where the foot can slide forward and jam into the toe box of the shoe.  This can also happen on the top of the foot when shoes are too tight across the instep.

What to do about it?  Make sure your workout shoes fit properly taking into account the socks you wear.  If the problem is on the top of the foot, the lacing pattern needs to be adjusted, either loosening them in the spot of maximum pressure or by changing the lacing pattern of the shoes, avoiding the pressure spots. Click here for shoe lacing ideas.

The takeaway point is this:  If the shoe fits, wear it—unless it is too tight in the toes or the top of the foot. That should prevent or relieve exercise-related numbness.

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com

At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to keep you walking! 

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