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Numb toes and shoes


I notice that when i'm elliptical-ing, my big toe and first toe on both feet gets pins & needles..really bad!  I'm guessing it's 'cuz I'm wearing bad shoes?

Any recommendation on shoes / shoe companies that would be good for workouts?  Nothing that'll hurt my bank, but will do the job? :-)
Jan 17, 2012 @ 02:27 pm

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I can't speak to workouts but I can speak to wearing heels and getting pins and needles in my toes. This used to happen to me a lot when I was wearing higher heels that were't broken in or that was a shoe that wasn't very flexible.

As far as what you can do, maybe try using some sort of insole???

Jan 17, 2012 @ 02:52 pm

shoes too tight?

maybe your shoes are too tight? or you have circulation issues.

Shoes too tight you can buy better shoes.

Roll your bare foot on a tennis ball a few times a week to get the circulation working well and also massage your feet with oil/lotion.

Feb 16, 2012 @ 02:03 am

shoe might be small

just change the shoe brand and go for little large shoes
Feb 16, 2012 @ 06:20 am

Gym shoes

Becky: I am a marathon runner and probably my foot has experience every abuse possible.
They said, different shoes fits for different activities. Running, cross training, and gym activities need specialize shoes that pairs up with your foot contour. It has nothing to do with the expensive shoes, it has something to do with what fits right. I am a flat footed Asian runner and I can fit on Nike Air Pegasus, which goes on sale for $49.99 and that I run marathon with it.

For sports shoes, you need to understand how your foot land on the ground. Heel first or the toes? The way you strike your foot down or up influences what kind of shoes you should wear. Some are very expensive, some within $50 range. The key is knowing, what kind of pronator are you? Supinator - striking outward as you land, Overpronator - your feet rolls inward, or Normal pronator - feet tends to roll outward more.

Runners world explain this in details in this article:

You can walk to any Running Room in Canada, each staff is trained to look at how your walk, and your foot strikes.Evaluation is free. You can bring your shoe too, the one you use for your workout, they can tell you by the marks on your sole - the wear pattern says a lot about you.

Each shoes at Running room is also coded: For Supinator, for those Overpronator, and those Normal Pronator. Each section displays shoes from cheap to expensive, all in different brands. You do not have to buy it from them. I worked at Running Room few years ago, and we are just happy to make sure you are buying the right shoes for you, hoping you won't hurt yourself in the future.

So, by doing this examination, you can visit any sports shop, or shop online, once you exactly know...what kind of shoe user you are.

Hope that helps.

Feb 20, 2012 @ 05:28 pm

Good Feet

Do you have the good feet store where you are?I have so many people rave about them there is one in Metrotown mall.
Feb 20, 2012 @ 10:32 pm


Ok- so you and I Becky are in the exact same boat. I was using the elliptical for the first time a while back and my toes got all numb!!! I had to stop because they were all tingling. It doesn't really hurt but it is very uncomfortable.

I don't think it is my shoes (or maybe I am just reluctant to say it is) because I just got new ones that I paid quite a lot for.

Feb 22, 2012 @ 04:35 pm


I went and bought the sketches "Go Run" shoes (in bright blue - so pretty!) and that seems to have fixed my problem! I did feel really weird running with it the first few days. It's so light, feels like my feet rises more than it should, and it's really fitted, but at least no more numbness.

Thank you so much for the detailed reply @angelinarose, that's really helpful! I totally missed the Good Feet recommendations before I bought my Sketchers. Then again I don't know of any Good Feet nearby me in Toronto either.

@alexjc if you're still having the same problem with your new shoes, why not go back to the store and either exchange for a different pair or a different size, more fitted perhaps? Right after I bought these I heard good things about the Reebok Runtone (i think that's what it's called). Or if you know of any close Good Feet stores, drop in and see what type of foot / running style you have. If their shoes are way too expensive, you can still take your knowledge and go to a normal store and see if you can find that type of shoe there :-)
Feb 22, 2012 @ 05:45 pm


I don't know where the hell I got "good feet" from ...brain fart. I meant to say "Running Room" (not even close to what I was saying).

I googled and apparently there are a lot of "running room" stores in Toronto.
You can find my search results here
Feb 22, 2012 @ 05:48 pm

good feet

there was reply about good feet, so you ain't imagining it.

i am a supinator, not high arch as the traditional supinator, but flat footed, have walked barefoot as a kid. my feet muscles are developed that I tend to hit the ground harder - so they prescribed me with "shoes that has high cushioning ability".

Asics - provides gel cushioning, wider shoes. gel is soft and nice, but heavy.
Nike - provides air cushioning, narrower shoes. air is lighter than gel, which is also cheaper than Asics.

There are models that I dislike and I switched to another brand, but then...at least I know that the shoes I need are "cushioning shoes". One time, I got it on sale at Winners for $39.99.

Good to know your type, you never know there are good deals, that are also good for your feet. aha, I know the good feet comes from this. :)

Good luck ladies. keep the cardio up!


Feb 23, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

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