Numbness in Foot
Hope you find the answer, mine was mostly my trainers being too tight and also running with my heel striking first, since I've changed those two things - no more numb feet! Just need to work on the tired legs, motivation and heavy breathing now!
i am 42 and about two stone over weight, i have just started running and did my first 5k last week and got the numbness and pins and needles in my right foot at about 2 miles. was a bit worried at first due to it being my first big run [ for me ].
i am wearing addidas runnig trainers[ cushioned] but i wear them quite loose, so i am not sure if this going against the grain but i don't to stretch as much as i proberly should , so not sure if this is going down the tight calf path.
as a new runner i would be interested in your feedback.
would also be grateful for any advise how to pace myself at my age in becoming a regular 10k runner in the future, would like run to run this aprox three times a week.
thanks in advance
If you're losing circulation (as in you're get pins and needles, and/or pain after the numbness) in any part of your lower leg - this is an indication of compartment syndrome.
If you're leg is going numb with no pins and needles/pain, i have the same issue. My doctor seems to think it's a nerve problem, and i'm giong to get it looked into. But if you're getting compartment syndrome that's a little bit more serious.
I am new to running and dont go for a terrribly long runs. Today while running on a treadmill that I have used befor and after stretching I ran for about 4K whne my right toes and then eventually the whole left foot went numb. This has never hapend before and I am hoping that this is just a problem of shoes tied too tightly. Fortunately this occurred near the end of my planned run but I would have had to stop had I been trying to go further. Just left foot, no pain in foot or calf just pins and needles in left foot as if it had gone to "sleep" so to speak. This thread has been very helpful and I will try some of the suggestions listed here. After I broke from the run to a fast walk and cooled down the numbness went away. Thought it might be a circulation problem but the nail beds on the toes look fine and no problems at all now. Weird and scary but I will see if it occurs again and try various suggestions listed here to see if they remedy the issue.
I have read the whole thread as I too get the dreaded numb feet scenario!!! I personally start by getting a slightly numb left big toe at about 3 or 4 miles. This then spreads to the ball of my foot and then the whole foot. It gets to the point where I can't feel my foot at all and it's like I'm running in concrete blocks with my feet just slapping on the ground and making loud noises! I then compensate by putting a bit more weight on my right foot and I then get numbness starting in the big toe there as well. The numbness then eventually spreads across the whole foot in the same way as it does with the other one. This really puts me off running and slows me down. What is then very strange is that the numbness then goes in my left foot and then my right foot at about 5 miles and all is back to normal. If anything, I appear to run a lot better at this point. I can hear that my feet are a lot quieter and they seem to be a lot more biomechanically sound. I can then run on to full marathon distance if need be with no re-occurrence of the numbness. I find that this happens pretty much on every run and always at about 3 or 4 miles and has gone by 5 or 6 miles. It especially happens if I'm tired and not running well in the beginning. I have tried different shoes, e.g. Mizuno Wave Alchemy, etc. but always the same thing. Like everyone else, I find that it's better if I loosen my laces and make sure my shoes are not too tight. I think it must be something to do with muscle swelling and pushing on nerve but it's really strange that this numbness then goes about a mile later down the road. Why that happens, I don't know. I'm pretty sure that there are multiple issues on this thread causing numbness but I don't think my issue is compartment syndrome, etc. because it goes away after a mile or so. Very strange. CAN SOMEONE OUT THERE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT MY ISSUE IS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT?!!! ARRGHHH!!!!
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