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Lady Jackyl
03-26-2006, 12:10 AM
Hi everyone, I was wonding if anyone else has had this problem. My main form of excercise is walking and for some time now Ive been getting tingling in my toes after about half a mile of walking... I dont have any health problems that I know of, although I did have a back injury from falling down some steep stairs a few years ago... Anyone else with a similar problem?

03-26-2006, 12:28 AM
I used to have this problem when I was biking - and it was because I was tying my shoes too tightly. I'm not sure if this is your problem, but once I took it easy on tying my shoes, I was fine.

Good luck on finding the cause!

Lady Jackyl
03-26-2006, 12:33 AM
thanks for the quick reply,,, that may be my problem i'll make sure tomorrow that i tie my shoes more losely and see if that helps out. :)

03-26-2006, 03:41 AM
Yup! I think its your shoes. You are either tying them too tight or that they're small or not fit for walking :)

03-26-2006, 03:49 PM
^^ cosign

Misti in Seattle
03-26-2006, 07:35 PM
Lady Jackyl, I have this problem a lot too, but I don't tie my shoes too tight. I do have slightly wide feet and I buy men's sneakers as I find they are built wider in the toes. I also bought some nice insoles.

03-27-2006, 03:56 PM
I am so glad you asked this question becuase the have the same problem. I will try and not tie my shoes as tight this time when I work and and see how they feel. Again, thank you, I thought I was the only one.

03-27-2006, 05:50 PM
I have the exact same problem! I have not been able to find the cause of it yet. Recently I even bought new workout shoes, but I'm still experiencing the numbness in my toes.

03-27-2006, 06:25 PM
I do the same thing on my eliptical machine.....All I have to do is reposition my feet and it usually helps.....

03-27-2006, 07:58 PM
I have the same problem too!! Its my shoes!! If you are tying your shoes too tight this will happen. Or, if you have high arches (like me) and the space across the tongue of the shoe is too wide, the laces will cut across that lovely high arch and make your toes numb. I have to buy shoes that dont have wide spaces in the tongue area. When I tie up my shoes, I have to have those lace eyelets come in pretty close.

Hope that helped :)

Misti in Seattle
03-27-2006, 09:54 PM
Actually I have very low arches. This time I bought shoes especially designed for that and also added some foamier insoles. It is interesting that so many others seem to experience the problem too. I have tried tying my shoes many different ways and make sure they are done properly but I still have the problem often.

03-28-2006, 07:58 AM
I wonder if my socks are too thick? I experience the numbness when using the machines like the elliptical trainer and treadmill. What do you think?

03-28-2006, 09:12 AM
Something else I thought of yesterday as my feet were going numb while riding on my spinner bike - don't feet swell as you exercise? I'm wondering if at the start of exercising I tie my shoes loosely, but after 30 minutes I start getting the tingling because my feet are swelling? Just a thought...

Misti in Seattle
03-28-2006, 09:14 AM
Darlene I have tried it with various thicknesses of socks.

Kitty interesting thought about the swelling... perhaps I will try loosening my shoes after I have been walking a while.

03-28-2006, 09:20 AM
Ooo I found some interesting sites...




Interesting reading on the subject...

Misti in Seattle
03-28-2006, 09:26 AM
Those are interesting sites, Kitty... thanks! I have a feeling mine is not helped by the fact that I have plantar fascitis and bone spurs. I am supposed to be wearing prescription insoles but the silly doctor I went to made them for dress shoes! I need to go have another set made.

03-28-2006, 12:04 PM
Those sites have some real interesting info. I will definately take some of the suggestions!

Misti in Seattle
03-28-2006, 12:09 PM
I think reality too for me is that it is partly just because I am so overweight. When I can beat off some of this fat I think it will help a LOT with not so much pressure on my feet and legs.

Lady Jackyl
03-28-2006, 12:10 PM
You know I was reading these post and thought next time I excercise Im going to take off my shoes and see if my toes and or feet are swelling... Sure enough I had some big old fat toes lol... Wonder if its water retention.. seems like Im having a big problem with that.

03-28-2006, 05:18 PM
I get that.. but ONLY when I roller blade... and ever since the day I bought them... Maybe they just dont fit right. I learn to deal with it tho and come home and fall over, lol.

Misti in Seattle
03-28-2006, 06:03 PM
LOL Sotypical... that's kind of how I handle it also <G> I just cope with it and don't worry too much about it LOL