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Ditto. I do find that stopping and stretching glutes helps. (Lean against a post of some sort, hug one knee to chest with one hand, pull the foot across and up until you can feel the stretch in glutes - may take 4,5 seconds, hold it for maybe 10secs more. This can release it. Then again, some days nothing does.
I am pretty confident the problem is not in my spine, but where sciatic nerve goes through glutes. Not sure I would try those stretches if I were worried about spinal problems. I am not convinced that running through the shooting pains in calves is a good idea either. Impossible to tell whether it is just sensory nerves telling porky pies because they are pinched, or whether the sensory nerves are telling the truth, and because the motor nerves aren't functioning properly the muscles are not releasing, and the pain is the pain of little muscles tearing.
Kariebo, have you googled sciatica?
Well I was doing some research and my issue with the calfs tighting up and later the numbness its called compartment syndrome. well I still been exercising doing other actiivities and still hurt a little.
I should've looked this up on the forum ages ago, I've been worrying about my numb feet and 'stump syndrome' for ages and its good to know that loads of other people have this problem.
I've been trying to work out why, when I did and trained for the London Marathon 5 years ago, that my feet were fine, but since then I've had numbness during a lot of the road races I've done - all distances, from 5k to half marathon. They don't go numb when I train off road. The only thing I was doing differently when training for the LM was that I was doing a yoga class regularly, so perhaps the extra stretching I was doing then must have helped.
Don't know if this helps any of you numb foot people.
This time last year I had a series of minor injuries and niggles, tight calf, twisted knee and ankle amongst them. Ended up with what Dr thought was a stress fracture on tibia. There was one point that was very tender but kept getting loads of pins 'n needles, odd sensations up and down leg, Pain on top of foot with burning, numb sensations. At that point most of those felt minor compared to the stabbing pain.
Eventually went to phisio (whilst waiting on NHS) who said it was probably nothing and could only find soft tissue damage. So had massage and ultrasound, she said I'd be back running soon. That took care of lots of my soreness but was left with the odd numbness, burning, pins 'n needles and pain over foot. Settled down over the months so it only really bothers me too much if I exercise. Then the pain and numbbess gets much worse, especially when flexing. Then I also get pain in toes and they sometimes feel cold and numb.
11 months of NHS refferals, giving up on the phiso and they're pretty sure there's a problem where the nerve comes down leg and the point it comes up into foot. Could've been caused by an impact injury or tight calf muscle.
For someone may be worth googling terms like peroneal nerve.
Are most of you getting complete numbness. I mean stick a needle into you and not feel it? Or the sensation of numbness?
Check your trainers are correct for you, gait is correct and wit this weather are your extremites wram enough. This should solve most problems.
I have proper complete numbness down oneside and can still finish tris, so don't panic. Compartment syndrome is rare!
Check out this link http://www.footphysicians.com/footankleinfo/tarsal-tunnel-syndrome.htm
Sound familiar ? It basically describes just about all of the above symptons in this thread and seems to quite simply describe what you (and I for that matter !) are all suffering. It's pressure on a nerve which runs down the inside of the ankle and into the sole of the foot. Repeated impact compresses this nerve and causes tingling, then numbness. There are a few suggestions about how to deal with it but no magic cure unfortunately. Personally, when this comes on during a run, I stop and wait until the feeling has come back into my foot completely then carry on. Doing this once or twice during a run usually stops it coming back again. Don't be impatient to get going again too quickly as it will just come back. Just stop your watch and don't beat yourself up about having to stop.
Hi, I'm an engineer who's had this same problem, and I think I may have solved it.
I read a post on maybe page 2 or 3 that talked about the blood vessel on top of the foot, which got me thinking.
I was intrigued in my case as to why it might only be happening in one foot. Because it happens when you run, it implied to me that it was some sort of physical deformation happening somewhere in the leg, probably by a generalised swelling.
I looked at the top of my feet the other day and noticed that the blood vessels tracked different paths on the top of my foot. This is what's different between the feet, causing some people to have it in either one or both feet. I cant see anything else that makes the feet different.
My theory is that the problem is a reduced circulation flow caused by shoes simply being too tight.
It makes sense. A congenital defect i thought very unlikely, especially since lots of people seem to have this same problem, and neurologists and other nerve, back, musculoskeletal specialists have all been dumbfounded because they were looking for a "problem" that wasnt there. Dietry or nutritional cuases would imply both feet, and that person who lost weight and had _some_ improvement, implying the extra fat around the foot simply exaccerbated the existing blood flow problem. Some improvements for some people in different temperatures or attempting to looses laces also makes sense; it will work for some people who have a particular shaped foot, vein structure, and run style.
I've started running at the beach with no shoes, and guess what, problem solved.
If you're running in the future and you get stumpy syndrome, TAKE YOUR SHOE COMPELTELY OFF and see what happens and let me know.
Thank the Lord for this thread! I thought it was just me, until I finally found this thread using the correct search terminology
I'm going back to the gait analysis guy this week with a print out of this thread - hope all the problems you have all had over the years are better now!
I run on an elliptical with two folded bath towels under my feet (for added cushion), with my shoes off, in a pair of socks. The elliptical eliminates the pounding on my feet and gives a nice gentle rotation of both legs as I run.
Around 3 miles into my run my left foot begins to go numb. Wiggling my toes helps, but does not stop the numbness. Raising my foot on the upward turn helps, but does not stop the numbness.
I did look at the tops of my feet and indeed, I do see a different vein pattern across the tops of each of them.. The left foot that goes numb has veins that run to the side while my "good foot" has veins that run across the top, but with no shoes on, it shouldn't matter. The blood in both feet should be free to circulate.
I have tried 3 different pair of running shoes and my left foot went numb with each of them. I only run 7 miles, but once it starts it does not go away.
Vericose veins run in my family, but I do not have any vericose veins in my leg (nothing is showing anyway).
I have low iron, but I take a good iron supplement everyday along with acidophilus and a multivitamin. I'm borderline vegetarain and eat healthy foods on a regular basis.
I do not stretch much before running so I will try that along with arch supports. My best rusults have come when I run without shoes. Although the left foot still goes numb, I can run further in socks before it begins.
I'm not overwieght (100 lbs.), but if taking off a few more pounds will help it would be worth it. Still, my sister is at the same weight as me and does not have this problem even when she runs a full marathon.
Having said all this, it seems like this is a problem within my foot since I can rule out many of the factors already mentioned by other runners.
It would be nice to take care of it early on because I worry about permanent nerve damage.
I too have had this problem for a couple of years - pain, numbness and a crampy feeling in the toes of my left foot after about 7 miles - can be almost unbearable. I'm a non-smoker and on the under-weight side of normal. Pain goes immediately on stopping so not arthritis.
I have read the 'Chi-running' book and changed my style accordingly to a mid-foot strike and very relaxed legs (bit like Pose method, but different!) As advised in the book I have ditched my heavy duty motion control shoes for neutral cushioned ones, as light as possible. Over the last 300 miles no problems at all! Did 15 miles yesterday without a twinge. Running generally feels easier and I have knocked 3 min off my 10k PB. I would recommend the book to anyone interested.
I injured my ankle pretty badly four years ago in volleyball. It has never been the same but has never given me any trouble until recently. I run and only get maybe 15 minutes down the road and it goes numb and my foot gets heavy. I feel like I am running heavier and rolling my feet weird. It has only happened a couple of times in the past two weeks, but I'm worried. II was running and as like the past few times my foot got heavy and my ankle went numb. I ended up tripping over a crack in the sidewalk because of it! I didn't know if it was just my bum ankle causing this or if there was a problem out there for the problem. Like the previous person said they wear Brooks and hate them. I recently tried Brooks from a pair of Asics and wish I hadn't switched. I don't think it's the shoes but they may not be helping the situation. Is there any solution that helps ankles like this? I'm going to try some different excercises that will hopefully strengthen it if it is weak. But I really don't want it to get in the way of my running.
I have just got back from a run and for half of it i had a numb left foot, i think it's to do with a weakness in the ankle (maybe from an old or recurring injury) and the way i put the ankle down on the road when running. I went to the physio and she gave me a piece of elastic band to practice ankle exercises on it, it is meant to strengthen the ankle.
I've just started running again after a knee injury and noticed that the numbness I was getting last year had come back after about 30 mins into a run. I tried loosening laces and stretching calves after reading this thread last year, and I'm sure stretching helped. I also changed my trainers and had no problems after that so just assumed it was the old trainers.
Noticed in my case that my calves get very tight and then progresses to numbess in both feet - find that slowing to a walk and stretching calves a little helps to ease it and can continue running, but it is very frustrating as I want to keep going. One thing in common with last year, is the time of year - i,e, winter, so i'm wondering whether in my case my muscles aren't warm enough even though I do dynamic stretching beforehand. I'm hoping that in a few weeks time it will have eased off as my muscles get used to running again, but will continue calf stretches and loosening laces (anything to help!).
I. too, have had a totally numb right foot and toes after 5 or 6 miles.
As far as I am concerned, it has nothing at all do with which shoes you wear, how they are laced, or the amount of cushioning.
I am fairly certain the problem is neurological and in some way a response to a problem with the sciatic nerve.
Hiya, i dont know wether it helps but i suffer from this too and have been to my doctor who has advised me that i have a Mortons Nueroma in my foot. Its basically an inflammation of the nerve which runs between your 3rd and 4th metatarsal in your foot and when you run on it i.e aggrivate it it will cause a numbness in your toes, apparently it is quite common in runners and can be caused by ill fitting shoes or shoes that are too tight. I have googled it and read a little about it, there are a few different treatments for it but as far as i can gather there are no real guarantees that the treatments work and that the only way to permanently get rid of it is surgery to cut out the affected bit of nerve!!!! EEK, i'm opting for rest and insoles at the moment! Hope that helps