If you have ever experienced a tingling sensation of numbness in your toes or feet during exercise, you are not alone. This tingling can range from a mild curiosity to irritation and outright discomfort.
What is causing the tingling?
- One common cause is ill-fitting shoes. If your sneakers or work-out shoes do not fit properly or they are laced too tightly, they will restrict circulation. Check to make sure that your feet have enough room in the toe box of the shoe and that they’re laced with enough room for your foot to move around.We recommend purchasing workout shoes from a store where the staff is trained to properly fit shoes for athletes to avoid the many problems that can stem from ill-fitting shoes. Lexington Podiatry also has a wide variety of healthy AND attractive, in-style shoes available.
- Another possible cause is that your feet are merely falling asleep. This happens a lot with exercises that involve planting the feet in a stationery stance, such as with an elliptical trainer, StairMaster, bicycling or during squats. When you continue to place pressure on your feet but don’t move them, it can restrict the circulation.Try wiggling your toes around and shifting your feet a bit as you exercise. Orthotics can also help eliminate the tingling by taking pressure off the ball of the foot.
- Foot neuromas can also cause tingling and numbness. Symptoms range from discomfort or feeling like there’s a rock in your shoe to pain in the ball of the foot or numbness. Neuromas are caused by the thickening of tissue around the nerves that lead into your toes, and they need to be treated by a podiatrist.
- There are a few other conditions that can cause numbness, including multiple schlerosis (MS), Raynaud’s disease and diabetic neuropathy. It’s important to see a podiatrist to rule these conditions out.
If the tingling sensation doesn’t cease when you change your shoes or move your feet around during a stationary workout, call our office at 859-264-1141 or make an online appointment. We will get to the root of the cause so you can get back to exercising in comfort!