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Feet tingling on elliptical


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About 20 minutes into my 32 minute cardio session on the elliptical, my feet start tingling and getting numb. By the time my workout is over, they are full on tingling and I have to be careful as I step off because the feeling in my feet has diminished.

Has anyone ever had this experience?

Is this something that more stretching will help? Am I just that physically incapable of using the elliptical?

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I have had this!!   Part of the issue is that you plant your feet and get to sweating.  You forget that your feet are not actually moving...   they are taking on the stress of your body weight and they are not able to move and stretch.  Think about walking, running... your feet get a break each time you pick your foot up!   So if you can think about your feet during your workout ... pick them up every few strokes and make sure that your shoes are not tied too tight (try other shoes too) and this should help!  You are not alone!!!  :)  And you can find a way to make it better!  :)

I was having this issue running and the problem was that my shoes were tied too tightly.  That may not be your problem, but you might as well check and see, because it if is the problem, it's easy to fix.

Original Post by coppertop_4:

 Think about walking, running... your feet get a break each time you pick your foot up!   So if you can think about your feet during your workout ... pick them up every few strokes and make sure that your shoes are not tied too tight (try other shoes too) and this should help!  You are not alone!!!  :)  And you can find a way to make it better!  :)

Like coppertop, I think the cause of the problem is the constant pressure on the soles. Think about when you lay on your hand and it falls asleep. That is the same type of phenomenon. The the place where I used to work out only had ellipticals, and my feet got numb. "Picking your feet up" is hard to do on an elliptical, but even shifting them around helped. As soon as I joined a different gym, I stopped doing any machine where the foot pedal follows your foot along with constant pressure. They aren't natural movements and don't have enough degrees of freedom for me anyway.

Thanks for the tips, guys! I will definitely try loosening up my laces and moving my feet around and see how that helps.

It is really good to know that i'm not the only one this is happening to!

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This used to happen to me all the time when I wore a structured cross training shoe. I change over to my running shoes and the problem went away instantly. I think some people just need a more flexible shoe so that there is no pressure being put on the top of your foot when you foot flexes.

 

 

I get this too - what helps me is to go backwards, so I'm pushing down with my heels - and then you feel the burn in the back of your legs too.

Also, I second shoes being too tight - tie them looser than you normally do and they'll prolly be ok.

Oh yah, one other thing that helps me - I rest my heel at the back edge of the elliptical foot pedal - instead of having my toes against the front edge (hope this makes sense?)

Tamji- thank you for the tips. I'm going to try these too! I have considered going backwards for a few minutes but I didn't like the idea of slowing down or stopping for a few seconds :) Excuses, I know.

Back edge of the pedal, huh? Okay... I'll try it. Do you keep your entire foot down or raise your heel in the movement of the machine?

Two things helped me with this;  first, wear thinner shoes.  Walking shoes rather than running shoes.  Second, lift your feet a bit at the top of the oval.  That tingling is from constant pressure on your soles.  That just isn't a natural thing.  When we walk, we are used to impact and release, impact and release.  Try to imitate that on the elliptical.

I love this idea. I got a new pair of shoes and last night was my second time on the elliptical with them and I started tingling again at 25 minutes. It's annoying when I have to switch to uphill walking on the treadmill just to stop the tingling cause I would love to put in a straight 40mins on the elliptical.

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