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Toes Going Numb When I Run

I noticed many times during my runs that my toes will go numb. Has anyone experience this or know why??

Submitted by April C.

Hi April thanks for your question. The first thing I would suspect is that your shoes might be too small. Not only do your feet swell when you run but they spread out so you need to make sure your toebox is wide enough. I have one pair of shoes where my left foot always goes numb & I am pretty sure that is the problem for me. Here is a good article from Runners World about it: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/help-my-feet-go-numb-when-i-run The problem may also be that the laces run too tight across your instep in which case you could try this alternative lacing technique: https://www.altrarunning.com/run-better#FootShaped. Beyond those 2 things the problem could be related to foot strike, or Morton’s neuroma or possibly something more. Start with the first 2 possible fixes (I would suggest the alternate lacing first since you don’t have to buy anything else) and see if it gets better. If not you may want to see a podiatrist or sports med chiro/PT.
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