Numb toes on an elliptical could also be your stance -- I used to get that every time I was on the machine until someone told me to lean back a little....in the 'heat' of the workout it seems we have a tendency to lean forward which puts extra pressure on the ball of your foot. Just wiggle your toes a little and 'cycle' backwards for a minute. I've also done the tight shoelaces...it may take a few runs to be sure you get them just right.
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I'm going to chime in on this one as well. Part of what makes our toes numb is how tight the shoe is...as others have said, a lacing problem/or fit problem could be the culprit. The other thing that can come into play is a pinched nerve in your back. The eliptical puts you into what I call a "non-natural gait". It's not bad, just that it isn't necessarily the way your body is wired to run/walk. So you may be pinching nerves through the process.
I would first look at the shoes, but if it continues, I would hit a physio and get an assessment. As for the foam roller...it is my one piece of equipment that is non-negotiable. I was at JASR in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago, and I had to borrow one. LOVE/HATE it!!!
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Thanks for the input, everyone! I'll definitely try retying my shoes to see if it goes away. I was actually thinking it was from tying them too loosely (so my feet would move around a little with each step), so I've been tying them super tight. And yeah, it's much worse on the elliptical--I didn't realize that was a common problem (and also haven't used one in ages, so I probably just forgot).
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You've got some good feedback about the numb toes. I just wanted to chirp in with, this happens to me a lot. I end up lacing and relacing my shoes a dozen times before I get it 'just right.' Then I double knot them and never untie them again - lol! I know, bad. Mine switches feet every time I get new shoes, I swear. Oh, and if I stop to take a walk it goes away - except on the elliptical - it never goes away there. Weird, annoying, I hope it goes away. GL!
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I do not stretch, BUT I do foam roll which I find to be far more beneficial to running.
Numb toes are very common on the elliptical because your foot tends to stay in one place. As for running, I agree with Savannah that it could be a lacing issue or a too narrow of a toes box. However, it could also be a condition known as Morton's neuroma, which only your doctor can diagnose.
Today while doing a standing hamstring stretch after a workout, I touched my head to my knees! Somehow that gave me a huge sense of accomplishment, since I don't think I've been able to do that for the past five years or so. So, I had to share it
Question about stretching--what calf stretches do people use? The one I've been doing--standing against the wall with one leg back--has pretty much stopped feeling like a stretch, no matter how I contort. (Thanks to the physical therapist for getting me stretching more frequently and effectively!)
Final question--my new shoes make my toes go numb, particularly when I'm on the elliptical, but also when jogging, after a while. Are my toes weak? Are there toe exercises I should do? Toe stretches? I hate spending my workout picturing my toes falling off.
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