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Q Can you explain why I seem to suffer from pins and needles in my left foot when Im out for run? It can strike at any time, and if I continue running my whole foot goes numb. But as soon as I stop, the problem disappears.
Parasthesia can also be caused by a trapped or restricted nerve in the foot. In turn this might be connected to a minor biomechanical imbalance in the foot, in which case youll need it fully assessed by a qualified podiatrist.
There are some first-aid measures you can try before seeing a podiatrist. Make sure that you stretch your calf muscles diligently with your knee both flexed and fully extended while leaning against a wall. Also try standing on the edge of the stairs and raising and lowering your heels slowly to enhance the stretch. You may also find that hamstring stretches help ease the problem.
Simon Costain, podiatric consultant
I get pins and needles in my left foot after running for about half and hour, eventually my whole foot goes numb, and I get a burning pain in my calf. I've recently been referred to an orthopaedic surgeon, who thinks that it might be a condition called exercise induced compartment syndrone.
There are many descriptions of this condition on the net, if you think you've got it then badger your GP for an orthapaedic referral, and if you can't bear the waiting times, BUPA charge £110 for an orthapaedic referrral.
Unfortunately, the only way that this condition can be managed is by surgery, post surgical outcomes are however excellent.
I have started to get pins n needles in my left calf and foot recently.
I have good trainers and have had no problems with pins n needles until last week. I have tried slackening the laces on my trainers to see if it helps, which is doesn't.
Ultra...an interesting comment you made about the numbness in your left thigh. I too experience this and also pins and needles. I've never really given much thought to finding out what is causing the problem...I feel it is all part and parcel or runnning. I should add that it doesn't impact on my running at all.
Many years ago I had some problems with my sciatic nerve and wonder if this is still part of my current problem. I was also told that it is caused by the very thin nerves that run across the hip bone and the friction of running causes these to wear thin thus the numbness in the thigh.
I'm about your age so after 20+ years of running plus many previous years on playing squash I'm not going to let this interfere with things now.
Another sufferer here people:
Pins and needles after about 3 miles, back pain after about 2-3 miles, discomfort for 24 hours after.I have tight calves, hamstrings.... you name it!
Have tried loose trainers and socks - nothing, so the next steps for me are hammy stretches against the wall as suggested in this feed, plus some yoga.
If this fails, GP/Physio/Chiro..........
I have been a runner for ten years plus and recently over the last years experienced pins and needles in right foot, which starts as a tightness in the calf muscle and then transpires into pins and needles in the right leg so bad that it feels as if I am running on one leg! It is really uncomfortable and seriously effects your running! It starts at about 6K, generally on hill sprints like the ones I did on Tuesday, but sometimes and quite often it will happen on flat surfaces from 6K onwards...tried insoles and calf stretches. Calf stretches seem the best at the mo, although I am still getting them.
Any tips or advice will be useful.
I have this problem and it is nice to find other fellow sufferers are out there as I, like many others, thought I was 'abnormal'!
I rarely stretch before my runs and will try this now.
I have recently seen a chiropractor and he said I have bad circulation and to up my vitamin E intake. I have also bought a High Tech Health Circulation Booster....strange sensation but seems to ease it.
Definitely going to try the stretching and looser socks.
Thanks for the tips. Happy running.
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