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Old 01-20-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: mass
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I just started using the ellipticals at the gym a few months ago. I started off at 20 minutes going relatively slow. I've built up to about 35 minutes at a good clip (for me anyway) but I've noticed that after 20-25 minutes my toes start getting uncomfortably numb.

I've tried to slide my feet back on the treads but this doesn't seem to do anything but throw me off kilter in terms of reaching the handles normally.

Before I head to the Dr. I was just wondering if this has happened to anyone else, if it's something normal w/the machine.

I love the elliptical because I have knee problems and it is soooooooooo much better for me, I don't feel a thing in the knee, but now I've got this toe thing going on.

Has this happened to you?

edit: oops, sorry meant to put this in the exercise forum but don't know how to move it now .
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I had this problem, too, and found that loosening my shoelaces helped. You can also try lifting a foot here and there and moving it around a bit.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: in a house
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I had this problem, too, and found that loosening my shoelaces helped. ....
You read my mind!!!!
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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This always happens to me.


Like other said, loosen the shoe laces works, but also, invest in a really good pair(s) of socks that are high quality, not too thick and wick moisture. I found this to help a lot!
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: mass
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I'll have to try to loosen the laces.

I just bought a new, better pair of sneakers thinking that would help.

But I still had to stop in the middle, and shake my legs and feet out! lol!

hopefully the shoelace thing will work. I will try that next time.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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I hope it's something that simple for you! It happens to me almost every time I'm on the elipse. I went to a podiatrist who told me it might be related to my back (I know the podiatrist from the gym). So, next step is to check out the back... it "could" be posture related.

But as I started out, I hope it's nothing near as serious for you!
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Where we enjoy all four seasons
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I just came across this and this also happens to me when I am walking.
I cannot believe that it can be as simple as loosening the laces. I do tie them tight.
Thank you!
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:23 AM
 
Location: NJ
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definitely could be the laces. I think as you exercise your foot swells.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: mass
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I just realized I forgot to loosen the laces on Tuesday!! I was supposed to go today but the two hour snow delay blows my chance to go to the gym because preschool is just cancelled.

I've got to remember to try this next time.

I talked to the lady at the gym about it, and she said she pretty much can't go beyond about 25 minutes w/out numb feet.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Happens to me, too. I also loosen my shoelaces, although I have to remember to tighten them again when I get on the treadmill.

I'll also wriggle my toes, move my feet around, rock from heel to toe, etc.
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