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February 9, 2011 1:22 PM
Whenever I exercise like on my elliptical my toes go numb and today my feet started going a little on numb side but its always the toes and it drives me crazy!!!!!

Does this happen to anyone else and what I can do for them not to go numb?!?

Thanks everyone :)
February 9, 2011 1:26 PM
I recently bought some new shoes and now my toes go numb while I'm walking on the treadmill. I wonder why too...
February 9, 2011 1:29 PM
I was told it was the way I was lacing up my shoes......When that happens I loosen them a bit and it works no more numbness!
February 9, 2011 1:29 PM
It drives me absolutely crazy because trying to stay on the elliptical is hard enough but when my toes go numb I really want to get off and take my shoes off but obvioulsy don't! I've had my shoes for awhile now and it's always happened! I'm hoping to get some new shoes soon but I don't know if thats the real problem!
February 9, 2011 1:29 PM
Mine go numb on the bottom when I'm on my elliptical and I don't wear shoes which helps a little.
February 9, 2011 1:30 PM
I asked a trainer at the gym about this and he said it was perfectly normal.
February 9, 2011 1:30 PM
I just started working out on the elliptical a few weeks ago and I've noticed the same thing. I do wear the same shoes to workout in no matter what I'm doing and I haven't noticed it with any other exercise. Am anxious to see what other responses are. Thanks for asking.
February 9, 2011 1:31 PM
My toes do the exact same thing!!! I never knew why. I just bit my tongue and went with it, lol.
February 9, 2011 1:31 PM
Mine do the same when I'm on the elliptical. Its getting better though the more I work out.. Idk if thats why its getting better though or if I'm just done breaking in the new sneakers I bought
February 9, 2011 1:31 PM
Same for me on the elliptical. It's annoying. I'm sure the shoes have a lot to do with it. Honestly, since I drag myself out of bed in the morning to do the elliptical first thing, I've taken to doing it just in my slippers. I mean, I'm at my house, gonna get in the shower after the elliptical, so why put shoes on??? Anyhow, doesn't happen as much or as badly. Could also be just the angle or the movement. I've often wondered if I was doing something wrong, or had some weird circulation issues. But I really think it's the shoes/lacing too tight. Hence slippers!!!
February 9, 2011 1:31 PM
I don't do the elliptical, but just for working out in general, this happens to me when I have my shoes laced up too tight. I have narrow feet and I hate it when my heels slip out of my shoes, so I generally have them on really snug...but once in a while I get them a little too snug.
February 9, 2011 1:32 PM
Are you lacing your shoes too tight? I've done that before. New Balance shoelaces are about 2 inches long so I can barely tie them and end up tying my shoes to tight.
February 9, 2011 1:32 PM
Here's an article with some tips! Hope this helps:
February 9, 2011 1:33 PM
Your feet swell during exercise. Loosen the laces on your shoes and the numbness will disappear. Or alternatively try tying your laces lighty before a work out to allow for swelling.
February 9, 2011 1:37 PM
This happens to me on every machine no matter how I tight I tie my shoes. I have very wide feet with really high arches and finding the right fit is a pain! I just wiggle my toes a bit in my shoes and it eases the pain (or lack there of!)
February 9, 2011 1:38 PM
I have a similar problem when I'm on my road bike.

Definitely try loosening your shoes, and making sure your feet have plenty of room. But if that doesn't work the solution for the numbness in my feet when cycling is a product called "metatarsal buttons" (

I don't know if it would help on the eliptical, but you could certain try them. Good Luck!
February 9, 2011 1:43 PM
Mine do the same thing. I just loosen the laces, that helps a little. It also helps to have shoes designed for running. Not just any tennis shoe.
February 9, 2011 2:11 PM
Same thing here.... basically anytime I'm exercising. I had a friend get rid of his treadmill because his doctor told him he had a foot problem for the same exact issue though. So may be worth checking with a podiatrist? But for me, usually if I step off the tready or bike for a min, it's fine. Almost like the blood isn't quite flowing there or something.
February 9, 2011 2:30 PM
This also happens to me - and I'm actually glad to see I'm not the only one. It's not exactly my toes though, it's more like the balls of my feet. Loosening my sneakers helps. Another option is to go to a good athletic store and have insoles molded to the bottom of your feet. My husband used to be a runner and this is what he had to do. Worked for him :-)
February 9, 2011 2:35 PM

Here's an article with some tips! Hope this helps:

DEFINITELY!!! Number 1. on the list, does work. I found this out from a previous poster who said we tend to put a lot of our weight on our toes/front part of the foot. So, I decided to force myself to put my weight on my heels.

In doing that, omg it puts more resistance on your upper thighs. You'll feel them start to burn!! Watch out for soreness, too.

It's definitely helped in relieving the numbness/tingling by alternating where I put pressure.
February 9, 2011 2:39 PM
I posted this question a few weeks ago and here's a few things to try:

Loosen your shoelaces - I didn't think mine were tight, but I made them quite a bit looser anyway and it didn't completely eliminate the tingling/numbness, but it did help.

Go in reverse for a minute or two every 5-10 minutes. It takes the pressure from your toes and puts more on your heels temporarily.

Raise one foot and wiggle it around periodically.

Also, make sure you're getting enough potassium. I have a recurring problem with numbness/tingling that isn't even exercise related and it is because I have a potassium deficiency (I can't change that as my body doesn't properly absorb potassium no matter how much I consume, but making sure I get a lot of it anyway definitely helps).
Edited by CoryIda On February 9, 2011 3:30 PM
February 9, 2011 3:25 PM
Hello! I notice the numbness as well. I think it's from putting weight on the toes and not on the heel when running. I am copying what I read from , it helps explain.

"Using an elliptical trainer is very similar to standing motionless in one place. The low impact nature of an elliptical trainer is the result of your feet never leaving the foot pedals. While great for your knees and other joints, it’s what can cause your feet to lose sensation.

It’s important to wear well-cushioned athletic footwear when exercising on an elliptical trainer, but this may not be enough. The root cause of the problem is the constant pressure of your body weight on the nerves in your feet. "

Hope this helps!
February 9, 2011 3:25 PM
Ok, here we go....
Shoes too tight obviously.
As another member said, you feet swell while exercise. Excellent observation.
Pants too tight.
Underwear too tight.
I'm sorry but, overweight dudes and babes can have blood pressure spikes and dips isolated to extremities.
Poor posture.
Inadvertently holding your breath. Very common.
Locking your knees on the back step.
Tight socks.
Fungus... yuck.
Stress fracture in foot or ankle bones. Very common.

My pinky fingers go numb when I lay in bed reading. In my case it is a result of blood flow restriction in my elbows. My biceps put pressure on my inner elbow which slows blood flow to my fore arms. It's irritating, I know how you feel.

When you notice the numbness, take a short break and walk to get your blood flowing. Don't ignore it.
February 9, 2011 4:31 PM
Got a lot of feedback on this and definately gonna try the whole loosening the shoe laces! Thanks everyone!!
February 9, 2011 4:36 PM
This happened to me when I just bought some new shoes. I also was told to loosen them. I must not have had them loose enough because they still went numb. Glad I am not alone


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