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June 14, 2011 8:06 AM
Every time I run my toes feel like they are going to sleep almost. They get all 'tingly' feeling.and makes my run very uncomfortable. I don't think my shoes are too tight. HELP?
June 14, 2011 8:07 AM
This happens when I'm on the elliptical for more than 30 mins. I still can't figure it out!
June 14, 2011 8:07 AM
I don't know the answer, but mine get like that too when I use an eliptical machine. But not when I run outdoors or on the treadmill.
June 14, 2011 8:07 AM
When I started running I had to go up a whole shoe size in order to keep my toes from hurting.
June 14, 2011 8:08 AM
I would think that its somehow related to blood circulation. I would double check with your Dr. to see what they think...
June 14, 2011 8:08 AM
I had to go up 1/2 size in running shoes.

Go to running store and see what they think - typically the eval is free.
June 14, 2011 8:09 AM
Mine too! I've been told its about how tight you tie your laces and how you run...i try to distribute the weight differently on my foot and it seems to help, but I'm looking forward to other possible solutions that might come on here!
June 14, 2011 8:09 AM
Your feet are probably swelling when you run, may need a 1/2 or whole size bigger shoe.
June 14, 2011 8:11 AM
A couple of things: When on the elliptical, lift your toes up and wiggle them around in your shoes once in awhile during the exercise. It stops the tingling feeling. With running, I got a professional fitting at a local shoe store called Gazelle, and learned that my running shoe size is a full size bigger than my dress shoe size. Once I bought the bigger shoes, my toe troubles ended. (I was getting in-grown toenails and a lot of pain.)
June 14, 2011 8:12 AM
Your laces are too tight/or your shoes are too small. Running shoes should be fit 1/2 size big. (and on the elliptical it is almost always laces)
June 14, 2011 8:12 AM
I get this! I found this...

Generally the same advice, make sure your shoes fit, don't tie your shoe laces overly tight, etc. I'm putting up with it until I can go running shoe shopping as it's not too bad right now.
June 14, 2011 8:12 AM
My feet went to sleep when I was using my elliptical as well. I found that if I tied my shoes loosely (I like to tie them tight) then I didn't have problems.
June 14, 2011 8:15 AM
It might be worth checking your shoes. I have a perfectly comfortable pair, but when I try to run or elliptical in them I get terrible pain and/or numbness. When I switch to my other pair - problem gone!
June 14, 2011 8:15 AM
Sounds like it could be a couple of things. Check the soles of your shoes, if they are worn out in the forefoot, its time for new shoes. My toes start to go numb after a couple of miles when my shoes are near the end of their life. You also might think about going a half to an inch larger on your shoes than you normally wear, that will give your foot a little extra room in the front.
June 14, 2011 8:16 AM
I have to go to a physical therapist and she said that make sure you have the right shoes and they fit correctly. "Not what you may think of a shoe fitting".. There has to be enough room, from the tip of your thumb to the end of your thumb nail, your toes should be at the end of your thumbnail. She said all the shoe stores should suggest them to measure and make sure they are the right ones for you. If you are not sure ask someone to.
June 14, 2011 8:17 AM
Oh she also said that if you workout 5 to 6 days a week you need to change your shoes every 6 months.
June 14, 2011 8:19 AM
I had the same problem...try relacing your shoes and different socks. made all the difference for me.
June 14, 2011 8:59 AM

I had to go up 1/2 size in running shoes.

Go to running store and see what they think - typically the eval is free.

I agree with this! I recently went to a specialist running shop to get an evaluation and I had to go up a shoe size! I brought properly fitted trainers and the difference is amazing.
June 16, 2011 7:37 PM
Thanks for all the advice! I just bought new shoes from the new balance store a few weeks ago got fitted and everything. I thought that it would solve my problem, but it didn't, at first. But after reading all you guys comments I realized that it was my laces. Even though I was not tying them tight they were still too tight lower down. I relaced them looser and presto chango, no more numb toes. Thanks everyone, and thanks to MFP for everything. I have lost 16 lbs as of last sunday and now that I've been running I plan to run in my first 5k this 4 July in the Little Rock firecracker 5k.
June 16, 2011 7:41 PM
Oh, I'm so glad I read this post. My toes become numb on the elliptical machine also. I'm thinking it has to be the shoelaces because I do tie them pretty tight. I'll see tomorrow if loosening them will help any.
January 18, 2012 2:35 AM
Help! I've got a similar problem. My 2nd and 3rd toes go numb on each foot when I run/walk for over 2 - 3 km

I've always have slightly over flexible joints and have noticed when standing in bare feet, the second and third toe of each foot flatten. The toe joints even try to bend the 'wrong way' when I walk. I think this may be happening when I'm running.

The only thing that has helped is strapping my toes in a slightly bent position before I run.

How can I get this fixed? Do I meed to see a podiatrist or a running shoe people?
January 18, 2012 2:36 AM
Incorrect shoes for your running gait or incorrect lace tying or the laces are tied too tight or bad sizing, feet swell during day and as you run
Edited by judgejava On January 18, 2012 2:36 AM
January 18, 2012 2:46 AM
Agree that's it may be your shoes...most folks need to go up about a size in running friend lost 6 toenails while training for a marathon before she went to an actual running store to get sized...she thought it was part of the "cost" of being a marathon isn't!
January 18, 2012 2:57 AM
I found out recently that my toes naturally curl which was putting extra strain on them . If that's not your problem, then it's more than likely just your shoes are slighty too small .
January 18, 2012 2:59 AM
Question - are your calves tight - like really, really tight all the time? If yes, go see a physio and then perhaps a doctor.

I used to get the worst feeling in my feet, like someone had set my toes on fire when I walked more than 200-300m. The pins and needles were so bad I wondered if my toes were still attached.

I have compartment sydnrome - after lots of tests Ive been referred to a surgeon. Its rare, so chances are you all wont have it - and for most of you, its probably just shoes.... but... With compartment syndrome your nerves can become so damaged you can lose feeling in your feet due to the lack of blood flow and do real damage. Id recommend getting checked out. There is heaps more to the story, but I wish I had learnt what the problem was 5 years earlier rather than spend sooooo much money on shoes all the time! (like every 6-8 weeks) not to mention the pain.

PS - although I still have the problem - after dropping 15kgs and getting regular exercise - its rare I get it now, and the surgeon is happy with my progress hes agreed to defer the surgery for another 12 months to see how I go!


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