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You Asked: Numb Toes When Running Outside?


Dear Fit,
For a few weeks now, since the temperatures have plummeted recently where I live, I've been experiencing numb toes while running. Not only does it feel weird, but I'm worried that not feeling my feet will cause me to fall. Any suggestions about how to prevent this form happening?
—Numb Norah

It may make you feel better to know that numb toes are not uncommon. I'm sure fellow FitSugar readers can relate. To find out how to deal with this annoying problem read more.

Numb toes can be caused by a number of circumstances, so go through this list to see what might be causing yours.

  • Your socks are too thick. Cold weather definitely calls for warmer socks. If you're sporting thicker socks than you were in the Summer, but you're wearing the same sneaks, then your shoes may be too tight now. You may want to spring for a new pair of Fall/Winter shoes that are a half size bigger. Be sure to bring your thicker socks to the store when trying on new sneakers.
  • Your sneakers are tied too tight. Try loosening your laces slightly. This will allow more movement in your toes.
  • Your sneakers don't fit well. If you've recently bought a new pair that you're breaking in, or your pair is too old, numb toes could be the result. Look for styles that have wide-toe boxes.
  • Your feet are cold. If your sneakers are covered in that meshy material, they're letting in wind. So get yourself a pair of windproof sneakers that are made of solid leather.
  • Your body is cold. If your core is freezing, then blood will move away from your extremities to ensure that your main organs stay warm so they can function properly. This means that blood won't be circulating to your feet or hands, so be sure to dress warmly. Wear layers so if you get hot, you can easily shed them. You can also try overexaggerating your movements. Lift your knees as high as you can with each step to build warmth and get the blood flowing to your tootsies.
  • You have a physical injury. If you've broken or sprained any part of your foot or leg, then your blood may not be circulating or your nerves may not be functioning properly. So get checked by a doctor to see how they can help.

I sure do hope these suggestions help because I have found it my feet aren't happy, I'm not happy.

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