Why do my feet go numb on the elliptical machine or with cycling?

Are your toes going numb? How about on the elliptical or when you cycle? This shouldn’t happen. You need a lift to the forefoot to alleviate those  symptoms.

Do you have callouses on your big toes? IS your big toe joint getting bigger? These are also signs that you need support for your forefoot.

So you have burning or a bruised feeling in the “ball” of your foot? This is another sign we need to support.

DO you wear orthotics all winter long with metatarsal support and nothing in your sandals? These adhesive met pads can be added you sandals to make them better for your feet throughout the summer months.

Do high heels hurt your feet? Metatarsal pads can be added to take the pressure off the foot which would then make the high heels more bearable for that special event!

Foot anatomy

There are 2 arches in our feet. There is the one most of us think of that runs the length of our foot and there is another less known one that runs across the width of the foot at the “ball”. This is called your metatarsal or transverse arch. Most of us don’t realize this arch can fall or drop.

foot anatomy, metatarsal arch

Often the only symptom we may notice is our shoe size increases by ½ a size. This sometime occurs during or after a pregnancy, with higher impact activities, or even just with age. Our feet have receptors on the bottom that bypass our conscious control and we will alter the way we walk to avoid any foot pain. When the transverse arch drops we may push off involving the big toe to avoid the dropped bones in the ball of the feet. A callus may develop on the big toes but you experience no discomfort. However, if that arch has dropped and you have to load the ball of the foot, like on the elliptical or while cycling, the toes may go numb. The reason that occurs is the nerves that run between the metatarsals in the foot get compressed and numbness results. 

Metatarsal Pads:

The solution to this may be to add metatarsal pads to the footwear to splay the metatarsals thus take the pressure off the nerves.

met pads, metatarsal pads
Adhesive metatarsal pads are available at our clinic and on our online store. Shop now!