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October 27, 2011 8:57 AM
Hey all,

I have noticed that part of my left foot goes numb about 10 minutes into my elliptical workout... I consider myself a fit woman who is trying to loose just 7 lbs (3 more to go) and this only happens on an elliptical trainer. I can run 45 minuutes on a treadmill, or do a 60 minute cardio class, 60 minutes of free weights and have no problems with a numb left foot. I would imagine it has something to do with repeative movement? Any help/suggestions would be helpful as I find I get a better burn on an elliptical than a treadmill... Thanks...
October 27, 2011 8:59 AM
Consistent pressure on the nerve in the balls of your feet cause this. Totally normal for many who use the elliptical. Lift your feet up off the pedals occasionally to reduce the pressure.
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October 27, 2011 9:01 AM
It sounds simple but, check your shoe laces. They may need to be loosened a tad.
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October 27, 2011 9:04 AM
Mine does the same thing. Like ninerbuff said, occasionally lift your feet from the pedals and reposition them. Now doing this I can spend an hour on the elliptical with no numbness.
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October 27, 2011 9:05 AM
Totally normal...I know because I just researched it :) Both my feet go numb after 10 minute or so of ANY aerobic exercise...
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October 27, 2011 9:05 AM
QUOTE:

Consistent pressure on the nerve in the balls of your feet cause this. Totally normal for many who use the elliptical. Lift your feet up off the pedals occasionally to reduce the pressure.



^ This is what I've heard too. Both of my feet go numb on the elliptical! I love doing it, but no matter what I do, after 30 minutes.....YOWSERS.
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October 27, 2011 9:07 AM
Same thing happens here. I heard once that reversing direction for a bit can help...not sure if that's true or not but I figured it's worth mentioning!
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October 27, 2011 9:08 AM
Thanks for all the help guys... I will def. try your suggestions... flowerforyou
October 27, 2011 9:09 AM
QUOTE:

Consistent pressure on the nerve in the balls of your feet cause this. Totally normal for many who use the elliptical. Lift your feet up off the pedals occasionally to reduce the pressure.


Yep, I had the same problem so I asked my doc and she said the same thing. For me, it doesn't have to be consistent pressure, even repetitive pressure will do it. I get this with any repetitive exercise (eliptical, treadmill, etc.) Sometimes even with running outside if it's a flat surface like a track.
October 27, 2011 9:12 AM
So glad you asked that question. I had been noticing it but thought that maybe it was just my age, now I know that is not the case. Your discussions definitely help me.
October 27, 2011 9:24 AM
Ha, I've been experiencing the same thing! I'm glad there is an explanation.
October 27, 2011 9:24 AM
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It sounds simple but, check your shoe laces. They may need to be loosened a tad.


This!
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October 27, 2011 9:39 AM
I've noticed the same thing when I've done elliptical. It feels like someone put rubber bands on the ends of a couple toes. Ick. I've tried adjusting pressure of the laces and also trying to be sure I lift my foot to ensure circulation, but it still happened. Consequently, I don't elliptical too often.
October 27, 2011 9:42 AM
my left foot does the same thing! i try to lift it up but nothing happens its so distracting! ill try these suggestions
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October 27, 2011 9:44 AM
Thank you for asking this question ... it happens to me too. Just through trial and error I've found that lifting my feet helps.
But, thanks to your post I know that it's nothing to worry about :)
October 27, 2011 9:48 AM
I have found too that I can shift my weight to my heels (just lift my toes slightly, almost like I'm trying to walk on my heels). It helps the numbness ease AND changes the way the muscles work--I feel the burn in a different way when I do that.
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