Toes go numb when on elliptical machines....

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    Mar 09, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
    Every time I get on an elliptical machine and have been on it for about 20 minutes my big toe and the one next to it go numb. It did it again today and I was trying to figure out what it could be...my shoes aren't tied overly tight. So the only thing I was thinking it could be was the compression cuff I wear on my knee to help stabilize it. After I get off the machine everything feels normal after 5 minutes. Anyone else have this happen or have any suggestions for me? Thanks!
  • Springer70

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    Mar 10, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    Yeah... This happens to me too. Personally, my feet are a litte bit off centre, (I have trouble with squats, and keeping my knees straight in skis, for example).

    Even without alignment issues, it's perfectly normal to get numbness if you stand for too long. And repetitive motion (or no motion, when standing still), doesn't prevent the numbness. Some experience the numbness in feet, others in legs.

    I don't think its cause for alarm. Unless you think it's getting progressively more serious over time.

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    Mar 10, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    dak5090 saidEvery time I get on an elliptical machine and have been on it for about 20 minutes my big toe and the one next to it go numb. It did it again today and I was trying to figure out what it could be...my shoes aren't tied overly tight. So the only thing I was thinking it could be was the compression cuff I wear on my knee to help stabilize it. After I get off the machine everything feels normal after 5 minutes. Anyone else have this happen or have any suggestions for me? Thanks!


    If it's only on the leg in which you are wearing the compression cuff, I would highly suspect that is the issue. Maybe talk to one of the trainers there about a different kind of bandage you could use.
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    Mar 11, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
    Thanks guys.
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    Mar 11, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    Happens to me all the time.

    I'm told it's because we never really pick up our foot on these machines - it's always in contact with the foot pad. The foot is in constant compression mode which messes with the circulation (just enough to make us notice)

    never hurts to ask but from what I'm told it's a very common occurrence
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    Mar 11, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    It happens all the time with me. It's annoying, but I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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    Mar 11, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    same. i went out and got new, fantastic (expensive ><) shoes too. Eventually just switched to the treadmill. I feel like i get a better cardio workout on it and no numb toes icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 11, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    I get it too. I think because I put the incline pretty high that it's compressing right where the leg and foot meet... it happens about 35 minutes into it. I just stop and shake my feet to get the circulation back going... its annoying icon_evil.gif but then its all good. icon_biggrin.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    Mar 11, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    RealJock.com isn't the best place to get medical advice. Seek a doctor. It's called parasethia and it needs attention.
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    Mar 11, 2011 1:38 AM GMT
    That happens to me sometimes. You are probably tensing up your feet or digging your toes in the bottom of your shoes to keep your feet on the elliptical.
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    Mar 11, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    Phew. I thought something was wrong with me. Happens here too.
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    Hmmm. Perhaps its a footwear issue?

    I do 40 - 60 minutes just about every other day on the elliptical in intervals with the resistance set at 4 & 6. I've never experienced numbness, but I also wear Vibrams in the gym.

    Perhaps other people's feet are going numb due to lack of movement from the confinement of traditional footwear?

    I'm not a podiatrist nor an expert on circulation, so I'm only taking a guess here.