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newSue56 Rookie 2 posts since
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Nov 20, 2013 1:09 PM

What can I do about my feet going numb?

Hi runners, joggers and woggers


I am still a new runner done about 14, 5K races, 1 10K. All of them slow....Bu i am finding lately when I run The top of my foot goes numb and sometimes around my ankle. Anyone else experience this or know what I can do to alleviate it? Thank you and keep running.




  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    1. Nov 20, 2013 1:37 PM (in response to newSue56)
    What can I do about my feet going numb?

    How tight do you tie your shoes?

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  • TheresaCallahan1 Rookie 2 posts since
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    2. Nov 20, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to newSue56)
    What can I do about my feet going numb?

    are your shoes a size or 2 larger than your normal shoe size?

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    3. Nov 20, 2013 5:07 PM (in response to newSue56)
    What can I do about my feet going numb?

    Hi, 8 is my regular shoe size, 8.5 is what I wear in running shoes. I also wear thin socks from under Armour and my running shoes have a wide toe box. You could also go to run store and they will have you run on treadmill and advise you on what running shoe you need. I should have done that before buying 5 different running shoes before I found a pair that is comfortable for me to run in.~ Maria

  • circle t Rookie 6 posts since
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    4. Nov 26, 2013 5:18 AM (in response to newSue56)
    What can I do about my feet going numb?

    I had that happen. I was wearing the brooks ravinas and I really loved them. I guess my feet changed a bit and they just didn't fit me correctly anymore. I even had a session with the Brooks rep and he admitted that they just didn't have what I needed. I then had a fitting with the Newton rep. Ahhhhhhhhh

    I have been one happy camper since. Another good thing about the Newton (cause they are expensive) is that you get a 30-60 day no questions return policy. Good luck and happy trails!

    If you haven't seen the Newtons they are a totally different type of shoe. They have the lugs. Anyway give em a try. You won't regret it! 

  • justfunnin8 Rookie 1 posts since
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    5. Nov 26, 2013 6:26 AM (in response to newSue56)
    Re: What can I do about my feet going numb?

    Try the elastic laces that triathletes use. They allow your foot to move a little at the top of the shoe and where you would normally tie them. It relieves the pressure on those spots. Most running shoe stores carry them.


    You can also try YouTube vidoes on how to tie running shoe laces. There are many different ways to tie laces that relieve pressure in different parts of the foot.


    Or as another posted stated, try a different pair of shoes.

  • cegger53 Rookie 2 posts since
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    6. Nov 26, 2013 7:52 AM (in response to newSue56)
    What can I do about my feet going numb?

    I'm a barefoot runner.  That means no shoes, not barefoot or minimalist shoes.  I have the same problem every spring for about a month, the toes on my right foot will fall asleep (go numb) and the numbness kind of works it's way back on my foot depending on how far I run.  After about a month or so of running the problem dissappers.  Maybe it's just that I have to burn off a little of that winter weight.  I really have no idea what causes it or why it stops happening after a while.  Everyone is talking about some problem you might have with your shoes.  It might not have anything at all to do with your shoes.  Maybe it's your running style or how or where your foot is hitting the ground.


    Just wanted to thow my two cents in.

  • db_woodall Amateur 16 posts since
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    7. Nov 26, 2013 8:05 AM (in response to newSue56)
    What can I do about my feet going numb?

    Are you stretching?  Numbness can also be caused by a pinched nerve, either in the lower back or leg.  Prior to a run do not stretch, but do range-of-movement moves such as squats, lunges, leg lifts, butt kicks, etc, that activate the muscles and tendons in the legs and feet.  Walk a few minutes and insert a few brief (10-15 step) jogs. Now you're ready to run.  After the run, then do your stretching. Make sure you stretch your hamstrings, Achilles, calves, IT band, groin, lower back, etc.

  • harleyhon444 Rookie 2 posts since
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    8. Nov 28, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to newSue56)
    What can I do about my feet going numb?

    Hello there! I am a long distance runner and experience the numbness in my feet sometimes too. My mom (who also runs) uses the elastic laces as one of   the previous responders noted and she also wears Newton shoes (noted by another responder above). Because this has happened to me in different shoes, I do not believe that my shoes are the problem. I find that if I continue running but move forward more onto the balls of my feet that the numbness goes away. It does not go away if I stop running and try to walk. Sometimes I also have to completely stop and bend over from the waist and do a big stretch. Hope this helps! Go runner go!

  • bbee42 Pro 78 posts since
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    9. Dec 15, 2013 12:29 AM (in response to newSue56)
    What can I do about my feet going numb?

    One thing that should be mentioned here, is that numbness in the feet is a possible sign of diabetes. 


    I am not discounting any of the possible solutions listed here, and the stress that running puts on feet can certainly be responsible for numbness without diabetes.  But if it continues, it's worth getting checked out.

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