Foot pain/numbness while running

  • BeerIsYummy

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    Feb 09, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    I'm currently training for the Pittsburgh Marathon in May. Last week, while running I started feeling pain in the arches of my feet and then numbness from about the calf down. Two weeks ago I was easily doing 9 and 10 miles. Now around 4 to 5 miles I'm feeling a good amount of discomfort.

    I tried buying new shoes and that didn't help.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions?
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    Feb 10, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    Sounds pretty serious. Are you sure you're wearing the right type of shoes for your particular foot arch and running style?

    I only experience numbness in my toes during the winter, when the ground is cold.
  • xebec75

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    Feb 10, 2011 6:05 AM GMT
    I had the same problem on my 7-8 mile runs. The weird thing was that it didn't happen every single time I ran...it didn't matter if loosened my laces or corrected pronation or changed pace or striking foot...

    What helped was to ignore the worst case scenario folks on threads such as these and increased the amount of static stretches I did before a run...I especially focused on my calf muscles. I did this after reading a million posts about the same thing and wondered if it might be something simple...it was. lots of stretching of my calves followed by some dynamic stretching and no more Mr. numb foot...even on my longest runs.

    I'll see if I can refind the article that helped me and post it...
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    Feb 10, 2011 6:35 AM GMT
    It appears to be plantar fasciitis as some have stated, as a sufferer of this for long time. When you wake up in the morning, and you stand on your feet on your first steps, do you experience pain and stiffness in your arch and calf as well, after your long runs? Another way to reduce the pain is to use a strassburg sock after your runs which my podiatrist advise to get, it has help me as well, but the first response is to go to a podiatrist so that he can diagnose you.

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    Another alternative, which I have started is to start barefoot running with the Vibrams, and I have no longer plantar fascitis. But that might not be an option with the Marathon fast approaching, to start transitioning.
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    Feb 10, 2011 6:42 AM GMT
    Yup could be any reason for the numbness, but the stretching is the best remedy. It could also be cause of the winter and the cold.

    If it helps then great, if it gets worse then go see a doctor.

    Good luck with your trianing!

  • BeerIsYummy

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    Feb 11, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    Thanks for the feedback guys. I'll try to do a lot more stretching before my runs... that's something I haven't been doing as much as I can. If it doesn't get better, I guess I should go see a doctor.

    It was just the weirdest thing. One day it just started happening. I don't really feel anything outside of my run and right after. The numbness goes away after about twenty minutes.
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    Feb 11, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    The previous posters nailed it regarding the foot pain/plantar fascitis. Stretch the calf muscles, evaluate your running shoes (possible need for orthotics), strengthen anterior tibialis. Night splint works great too.

    However, the numbness from the calf down is perplexing. Could be related to your lower back. If it continues or worsens, I would see a doctor. May be disc related problem.
  • vbguy82

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    Feb 12, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    Everyone is right. If you can, go buy about a 15-30 degree wedge and stretch your calf about 7-10 times per day. A deep tissue massage through your calf will help too and make sure they focus on the soleus muscle.

    And because you're a big runner, make sure you stretch out your hip flexors enough as well, because that's usually a contributing factor as to why your calf gets really tight in the first place.

    (btw, i'm a physical therapist) Hope it resolves quickly!

  • rnch

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    Feb 12, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    stop running already!! your body's giving you some hints here.

    20 years from now, you knees, legs, feet and lower back will thank you for stopping.
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    Feb 12, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    rnch saidstop running already!! your body's giving you some hints here.

    20 years from now, you knees, legs, feet and lower back will thank you for stopping.


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    Mar 30, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    BeerIsYummy saidI'm currently training for the Pittsburgh Marathon in May. Last week, while running I started feeling pain in the arches of my feet and then numbness from about the calf down. Two weeks ago I was easily doing 9 and 10 miles. Now around 4 to 5 miles I'm feeling a good amount of discomfort.

    I tried buying new shoes and that didn't help.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions?


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  • phospherus

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    Apr 01, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
    i think perhaps you can learn something from Chi-Running. and if you have some problems with your foot, just have a rest and when it has recovered.