my feet are falling asleep and hurting while walking on treadmill. any suggestions?
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Hi - My feet are falling asleep and hurting even when just walking on the treadmill. I am new to exercising and very out of shape. Any suggestions?

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My first suggestion would be to loosen your shoelaces. Sometimes if you tie your shoes too tight it can cut off the venous blood from your foot and cause it to 'pool' in your foot which in turn put pressure on nearby nerves and gives you 'pins and needles' and eventually your foot 'falls to sleep'. Hopefully it is simple as that (or that you need knew shoes). There could be other factors at play that could only be diagnosed by a doctor or podiatrist, but ultimately if your foot is falling asleep it is because a nerve is being blocked (as mentioned above, pressure from built up from fluid/blood is the main cause).

James


3 years ago
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Sometimes it takes a little while for your body to get used to the activity. As you work out more your arteries and veins will develop more blood flow to your muscles and better supply them. A little discomfort is normal, pain is not. How out of shape or overweight are we looking at? Have you spoken to your physician before starting your excursive program? Does your body react this way with just normal walking off the treadmill? I know there are a lot of questions here but more information helps get you better answers.

Julus Pahl 4k
3 years ago
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Check out this response to your question in the support groups section...hope it helps!

http://www.anytimehealth.com/support-groups/1133-feet-falling-asleep

Jennifer Barbarino 54k
3 years ago
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I'm 190 pounds and havn't exercised at all until now. So far I can only do about 15-20 minutes on the treadmill at a time. Yes, my doctor cleared me for all exercise. No, my body does not react this way with normal walking off the treadmill.

freetobe36 107
3 years ago
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First, it is wonderful that you are going 15-20 min on a treadmill. Don't ever discount any progress on your journey! You will increase as your stamina increases. Just always push yourself, but on the numbing of your feet. I had the same issue and like the initial person spoke of it was tying my shoe laces too tight. I have no issues now. Good luck, you'll do great!

Morganaroni 1.8k
3 years ago
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Try loosening your shoes like mentioned or wear thinner socks might help, there are also compression type socks that may help you too. 15-20 minutes of decreased blood flow isn't going to cause any permanent damage as long as feeling returns quickly when you stop. Try doing the treadmill barefoot, do you have the same symptoms? I have heard of this being more of a problem on the elliptical machines and last night I did an hour and my toes started to fall asleep a bit more than 1/2 way through. If this continues to bother you I would mention it to your physician just to make sure. I have a feeling as your body gets used to the new activity it will resolve on its own!

Julus Pahl 4k
3 years ago

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