Numbness in Foot
Ditto. I do find that stopping and stretching glutes helps. (Lean against a post of some sort, hug one knee to chest with one hand, pull the foot across and up until you can feel the stretch in glutes - may take 4,5 seconds, hold it for maybe 10secs more. This can release it. Then again, some days nothing does.
I am pretty confident the problem is not in my spine, but where sciatic nerve goes through glutes. Not sure I would try those stretches if I were worried about spinal problems. I am not convinced that running through the shooting pains in calves is a good idea either. Impossible to tell whether it is just sensory nerves telling porky pies because they are pinched, or whether the sensory nerves are telling the truth, and because the motor nerves aren't functioning properly the muscles are not releasing, and the pain is the pain of little muscles tearing.
Kariebo, have you googled sciatica?
Well I was doing some research and my issue with the calfs tighting up and later the numbness its called compartment syndrome. well I still been exercising doing other actiivities and still hurt a little.
I should've looked this up on the forum ages ago, I've been worrying about my numb feet and 'stump syndrome' for ages and its good to know that loads of other people have this problem.
I've been trying to work out why, when I did and trained for the London Marathon 5 years ago, that my feet were fine, but since then I've had numbness during a lot of the road races I've done - all distances, from 5k to half marathon. They don't go numb when I train off road. The only thing I was doing differently when training for the LM was that I was doing a yoga class regularly, so perhaps the extra stretching I was doing then must have helped.
Don't know if this helps any of you numb foot people.
This time last year I had a series of minor injuries and niggles, tight calf, twisted knee and ankle amongst them. Ended up with what Dr thought was a stress fracture on tibia. There was one point that was very tender but kept getting loads of pins 'n needles, odd sensations up and down leg, Pain on top of foot with burning, numb sensations. At that point most of those felt minor compared to the stabbing pain.
Eventually went to phisio (whilst waiting on NHS) who said it was probably nothing and could only find soft tissue damage. So had massage and ultrasound, she said I'd be back running soon. That took care of lots of my soreness but was left with the odd numbness, burning, pins 'n needles and pain over foot. Settled down over the months so it only really bothers me too much if I exercise. Then the pain and numbbess gets much worse, especially when flexing. Then I also get pain in toes and they sometimes feel cold and numb.
11 months of NHS refferals, giving up on the phiso and they're pretty sure there's a problem where the nerve comes down leg and the point it comes up into foot. Could've been caused by an impact injury or tight calf muscle.
For someone may be worth googling terms like peroneal nerve.
Are most of you getting complete numbness. I mean stick a needle into you and not feel it? Or the sensation of numbness?
Check your trainers are correct for you, gait is correct and wit this weather are your extremites wram enough. This should solve most problems.
I have proper complete numbness down oneside and can still finish tris, so don't panic. Compartment syndrome is rare!
Check out this link http://www.footphysicians.com/footankleinfo/tarsal-tunnel-syndrome.htm
Sound familiar ? It basically describes just about all of the above symptons in this thread and seems to quite simply describe what you (and I for that matter !) are all suffering. It's pressure on a nerve which runs down the inside of the ankle and into the sole of the foot. Repeated impact compresses this nerve and causes tingling, then numbness. There are a few suggestions about how to deal with it but no magic cure unfortunately. Personally, when this comes on during a run, I stop and wait until the feeling has come back into my foot completely then carry on. Doing this once or twice during a run usually stops it coming back again. Don't be impatient to get going again too quickly as it will just come back. Just stop your watch and don't beat yourself up about having to stop.
Hi, I'm an engineer who's had this same problem, and I think I may have solved it.
I read a post on maybe page 2 or 3 that talked about the blood vessel on top of the foot, which got me thinking.
I was intrigued in my case as to why it might only be happening in one foot. Because it happens when you run, it implied to me that it was some sort of physical deformation happening somewhere in the leg, probably by a generalised swelling.
I looked at the top of my feet the other day and noticed that the blood vessels tracked different paths on the top of my foot. This is what's different between the feet, causing some people to have it in either one or both feet. I cant see anything else that makes the feet different.
My theory is that the problem is a reduced circulation flow caused by shoes simply being too tight.
It makes sense. A congenital defect i thought very unlikely, especially since lots of people seem to have this same problem, and neurologists and other nerve, back, musculoskeletal specialists have all been dumbfounded because they were looking for a "problem" that wasnt there. Dietry or nutritional cuases would imply both feet, and that person who lost weight and had _some_ improvement, implying the extra fat around the foot simply exaccerbated the existing blood flow problem. Some improvements for some people in different temperatures or attempting to looses laces also makes sense; it will work for some people who have a particular shaped foot, vein structure, and run style.
I've started running at the beach with no shoes, and guess what, problem solved.
If you're running in the future and you get stumpy syndrome, TAKE YOUR SHOE COMPELTELY OFF and see what happens and let me know.
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