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Uncomfortably Numb

Does this happen to you: About half way through your workout on a cardio machine, especially the elliptical or the arc trainer, your toes get numb?

If you suffer from toe numbness try these quick fixes:

  • Loosen up your laces. Give your toes enough room in the toe box (which is where your toes sit in a shoe) by lacing them loosely at the toes to allow for expansion.
  • Get fitted for a pair of sneakers so they are sized correctly. It is amazing how many people use sneakers that just don't fit them properly (usually too tight). If you go to a specialist, they can help you make sure you have the proper fit.
  • Stop only stepping on your tippy toes. Make sure to use your heels too, this way you keep the blood flow consistent. When using a cardio machine (like walking), your foot should roll through the step, heel striking first, roll through, push off with the toes. Think about it, if you only walked around on your toes all day, they'd get numb.

Fit's Tip: If your toes still go numb after making changes to your lacing, fit and stride, you may want to make an appointment to discuss this with your doctor or a podiatrist since it may be something more serious.

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