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After about 20 minutes or so on the elliptical or stationary bike, my toes start to get numb.
Has anyone else experienced this? What could this be? Is it my shoes? Bad exercise form? Nerve damage from wearing high heels? Negative elliptical juju? Or what?
I put new supports in my shoes to see if that would help. The supports feel great, but my toes still go numb around the 20-25 minute mark.
Ya... Stop standing on your toes. Keep your feet flat against the surface and push from your heel and the side of your foot instead of pushing down with your toes.
It's the only thing that worked for me
I am so glad you posted, because mine do too. I take my shoes off. It helps a lot.
same thing happens to me! glad i`m not the only one..lol ..maybe i need new sneakers.. I usually get feeling back a lil while after i get off the machine..
I had the same problem and I think it was a combination of two things. First, my shoes were, as everybody mentioned, in dire need of being changed. But I also realized that the numbness went away once I actually implemented some tips from the trainers at my gym - when you are on the elliptical, you must ALWAYS keep your heel AND your toes completely flat on the footpads. That is to say taht your entire foot should always be stuck to the footpad. Not only will that help with the circulation, but it's also the only way that training on an elliptical can be efficient. A lot of people just bounce up and down on those machines, and only get about half the workout they are supposed to. So combine these two tips and you should get a) a more efficient workout and b) loose the numbness!
Thanks for all the great advice and sympathy, everyone! I'm glad to know it's not just me.
I need some new workout shoes anyway (which is on today's to-do list), so I'll see if that makes a difference--and I'll make sure my laces aren't too tight.
Now that you guys mention it, I think I do pick up my heels. My theory is that I'm so short that it's hard to complete the full extension of the step without lifting my heels, but it may just be a bad habit. I'll pay more attention tonight and see what I'm really doing!
Wow I just typed in feet falling asleep on elliptical, not thinking I would get a result! Thank you everyone for your advice. I just brought new shoes because I thought my others were too old, boy was I upset yesterday when it happened again. I am going to try what one reader suggested and make sure I am using my heel more, move my feet a little I guess. It's very hard to concentrate when that happens, I was wondering if when I got off if I would topple over!
Thank you everyone!!
I have had this happen so many times! What it usually means is that either the circulation isn't getting to your toes or sometimes your laces can be too tight cutting off the proper circulation. What I have to do is stop and take off my shoes and rub my toes because they are numb and then loosen up my laces. It's so annoying but it helps me....hope it helps you.
Me too! I'm glad I'm not alone! I figured it was just me.