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DWROBERGE Posts: 314,552
1/18/10 4:06 A

I have never experienced this in my lifetime. I usually wear an old pair of comfortable slippers when on the Nordic Track ellipse. Of all the problems I have with my legs, this is not one of them. I can get some cramping and numbnes in my hands if I hold on to the handles too hard for a long time. I try to limit my sessions to 30 minutes which is my daily goal. I have used sneakers in the past which is probably better for my feet and legs, but I am lazy and choose not to wear them any more at all. I will have to bring this one up with my podiatrist at our next sessions.

SMFIT2017 Posts: 1,015
1/18/10 3:16 A

Wow, I just noticed it yesterday when I did the elliptical for 40 minutes in one go (instead of breaking it off in two 20 minute chunks).
Thanks for the suggestions :)

MARINASHU SparkPoints: (24,138)
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1/17/10 11:15 P

This used to happen to me! A friend told me to lace my shoes a little tighter at the toes, and a lot looser at the ankles, and that solved the problem. I lace them loose enough that they allllmost feel like they're about to fall off. After all, you're not picking up your feet on the elliptical, so they really don't need to be tied as tight as they would if you were walking. This allowed more bloodflow to my feet and now they don't get numb anymore.

Edited by: MARINASHU at: 1/17/2010 (23:16)
LDBROOME Posts: 257
1/17/10 11:15 P

My feet tend to fall asleep if i do over 40 minutes on the elliptical. Changing feet position and going in reverse seems to help.

TWINMOM01 Posts: 189
1/17/10 10:21 P

This happened to me last year - I started not wearing my shoes (my elliptical was at home) and just a pair of nice thick socks with a nonslip stuff on the bottom...

LINAREX SparkPoints: (22,824)
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1/17/10 9:52 P

This happens to me too - to get it to go away I lower the incline for a minute or two, like WAY down to level 2 or 3. At this level I can actually pick my feet up a little bit and it's enough to get things moving again.

1/17/10 8:41 P

Ha! Mine do that too! To avoid it I change directions for a few minutes. Works new muscles too.

PIXIEDUST22 Posts: 1,051
1/17/10 8:40 P

This happens to me sometimes too. I just try to wiggle my toes as I'm moving, or shift pressure to my heel. I find it's easier to do when I go in the reverse direction. Sometimes I also just pull my feet off the pedals for a few steps.

FROGGIEBEAR SparkPoints: (6,915)
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1/17/10 8:37 P

Funny the more I workout the less it happens emoticon

BCROWLEY1 Posts: 358
1/10/10 7:40 P

When I notice my feet starting to tingle, I begin to move my feet heel to toe and vise versa.

1/10/10 7:32 P

I try to wiggle my toes as I work on the eliptical as I have the same problem. This helps a little bit, and I hope it helps ypu too.

1/10/10 7:30 P

I am having the same problem. My toes begin tingling about half way through my elliptical workout. I had to change to the elliptical from the treadmill because I have a bad disc in my lower back and the impact was too painful. I worry that I may be damaging this disc further. Any suggestions?

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1/10/10 6:17 P

Thanks for the input guys, it's good to know that this is not totally abnormal

ANJI_RAE Posts: 992
1/6/10 10:02 P

it occurs partly from your feet pushing forward in your shoes and your instep being pushed on by your laces. this restricts blood flow and can cause numbness

GARYM1A2 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/6/10 9:54 P

Mine go numb if I wear sneakers, so I wear hiking boots.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/6/10 9:13 P


This is a very common problem for those using the elliptical because the feet stay in one position, whereas on the treadmill you are lifting your feet. Also because you are bearing constant pressure on the balls of the feet this too can lead to numbness. This is why wearing good shoes is important.

Since you see a foot doc, you may want to let him know to see if he has any other suggestions.


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1/6/10 8:51 P

This may seem weird but when I'm on the elipictal the balls of my feet and my toes fall asleep, and at the end of 20 mins they are burning. This always eases off when I start walking around the track. I do have to go and see a foot doctor (I have flat feet and this is causing me other problems) I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and is it normal?


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