Numbness in Foot
Thank the Lord for this thread! I thought it was just me, until I finally found this thread using the correct search terminology
I'm going back to the gait analysis guy this week with a print out of this thread - hope all the problems you have all had over the years are better now!
I run on an elliptical with two folded bath towels under my feet (for added cushion), with my shoes off, in a pair of socks. The elliptical eliminates the pounding on my feet and gives a nice gentle rotation of both legs as I run.
Around 3 miles into my run my left foot begins to go numb. Wiggling my toes helps, but does not stop the numbness. Raising my foot on the upward turn helps, but does not stop the numbness.
I did look at the tops of my feet and indeed, I do see a different vein pattern across the tops of each of them.. The left foot that goes numb has veins that run to the side while my "good foot" has veins that run across the top, but with no shoes on, it shouldn't matter. The blood in both feet should be free to circulate.
I have tried 3 different pair of running shoes and my left foot went numb with each of them. I only run 7 miles, but once it starts it does not go away.
Vericose veins run in my family, but I do not have any vericose veins in my leg (nothing is showing anyway).
I have low iron, but I take a good iron supplement everyday along with acidophilus and a multivitamin. I'm borderline vegetarain and eat healthy foods on a regular basis.
I do not stretch much before running so I will try that along with arch supports. My best rusults have come when I run without shoes. Although the left foot still goes numb, I can run further in socks before it begins.
I'm not overwieght (100 lbs.), but if taking off a few more pounds will help it would be worth it. Still, my sister is at the same weight as me and does not have this problem even when she runs a full marathon.
Having said all this, it seems like this is a problem within my foot since I can rule out many of the factors already mentioned by other runners.
It would be nice to take care of it early on because I worry about permanent nerve damage.
I too have had this problem for a couple of years - pain, numbness and a crampy feeling in the toes of my left foot after about 7 miles - can be almost unbearable. I'm a non-smoker and on the under-weight side of normal. Pain goes immediately on stopping so not arthritis.
I have read the 'Chi-running' book and changed my style accordingly to a mid-foot strike and very relaxed legs (bit like Pose method, but different!) As advised in the book I have ditched my heavy duty motion control shoes for neutral cushioned ones, as light as possible. Over the last 300 miles no problems at all! Did 15 miles yesterday without a twinge. Running generally feels easier and I have knocked 3 min off my 10k PB. I would recommend the book to anyone interested.
I injured my ankle pretty badly four years ago in volleyball. It has never been the same but has never given me any trouble until recently. I run and only get maybe 15 minutes down the road and it goes numb and my foot gets heavy. I feel like I am running heavier and rolling my feet weird. It has only happened a couple of times in the past two weeks, but I'm worried. II was running and as like the past few times my foot got heavy and my ankle went numb. I ended up tripping over a crack in the sidewalk because of it! I didn't know if it was just my bum ankle causing this or if there was a problem out there for the problem. Like the previous person said they wear Brooks and hate them. I recently tried Brooks from a pair of Asics and wish I hadn't switched. I don't think it's the shoes but they may not be helping the situation. Is there any solution that helps ankles like this? I'm going to try some different excercises that will hopefully strengthen it if it is weak. But I really don't want it to get in the way of my running.
I have just got back from a run and for half of it i had a numb left foot, i think it's to do with a weakness in the ankle (maybe from an old or recurring injury) and the way i put the ankle down on the road when running. I went to the physio and she gave me a piece of elastic band to practice ankle exercises on it, it is meant to strengthen the ankle.
I've just started running again after a knee injury and noticed that the numbness I was getting last year had come back after about 30 mins into a run. I tried loosening laces and stretching calves after reading this thread last year, and I'm sure stretching helped. I also changed my trainers and had no problems after that so just assumed it was the old trainers.
Noticed in my case that my calves get very tight and then progresses to numbess in both feet - find that slowing to a walk and stretching calves a little helps to ease it and can continue running, but it is very frustrating as I want to keep going. One thing in common with last year, is the time of year - i,e, winter, so i'm wondering whether in my case my muscles aren't warm enough even though I do dynamic stretching beforehand. I'm hoping that in a few weeks time it will have eased off as my muscles get used to running again, but will continue calf stretches and loosening laces (anything to help!).
I. too, have had a totally numb right foot and toes after 5 or 6 miles.
As far as I am concerned, it has nothing at all do with which shoes you wear, how they are laced, or the amount of cushioning.
I am fairly certain the problem is neurological and in some way a response to a problem with the sciatic nerve.
Hiya, i dont know wether it helps but i suffer from this too and have been to my doctor who has advised me that i have a Mortons Nueroma in my foot. Its basically an inflammation of the nerve which runs between your 3rd and 4th metatarsal in your foot and when you run on it i.e aggrivate it it will cause a numbness in your toes, apparently it is quite common in runners and can be caused by ill fitting shoes or shoes that are too tight. I have googled it and read a little about it, there are a few different treatments for it but as far as i can gather there are no real guarantees that the treatments work and that the only way to permanently get rid of it is surgery to cut out the affected bit of nerve!!!! EEK, i'm opting for rest and insoles at the moment! Hope that helps
I get the numbness in the last 3 toes on my left foot. I can cope with it when running but when skiing recently I was in so much agony I took my boots and socks off and stuck my toes in the snow! and the pain getting the boot off was unbearable. I changed my boot for a full size bigger. It was like skiing in wellies but the pain had gone.
I think the key is looseness around the area. After reading about it a bit I'm sure mine is damaged nerves from years of cold feet plus a bit of arthritis. The joys of getting older hey.
I get this in my right leg/foot. I do loads of streches before and after I go out to try and stop it. It seems to be worse when doing hill work. It starts off with my right calf tightening loads and slowly I get pins and needles in my foot before loosing feeling completly. I have a gait analysis whenever I get new trainers and the sports bods don't seem to be able to offer any advice apart from stretching. I went for my LSR this week and it struck quite quickly at about 2 miles and stayed with me until mile 7 when it just dissapeared.
I did break a metarsel in my right foot a few years back and wonder if this is the cause. Ahh I guess we will just have to live with it.
Hey, I was having this pain as well and I just started running, Very weird after about 4 miles the feet, sometimes one sometimes the other, would go numb and felt like i was running on a stump.
Today I got back from a run and all I did was take my socks off!
No problems whatsoever. I usually have to stop around 5 or 6 miles but went 10 today.
I've had my feet go numb when I've been running and by experimenting I have discovered that it was the result of heel striking. When I altered my gait so that I was striking the ground with my mid/fore foot the problem went away.
I hope this helps.
After a month of problems, i finally found the exact cause and a possible easy solution (yay). First of all, here is what the problem was:
I used to run on my heels, and recently had switched to running on the balls of my feet. This is when I first noticed a problem.
Here is how I discovered why it was happening:
I could only tell i had this problem when i curled my toes on the ground, otherwise my feet look 100% symmetrical and show no signs of hammertoe.
After searching online, I *think* a good solution to this is to strengthen the toe muscles though physical therapy. One possible exercise i found was this:
So far, it looks like my right foot's toes are beginning to curl more naturally, but there's still room for improvement. I havent ran since i discovered this; i'm wanting to make sure those toes are stronger before i do another run.
My solution might need more work, like the assistance of toe stretchers or hammertoe pad things, but just knowing the cause of the pain is a huge relief to me.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
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