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Old 16.08.2011, 13:54
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Re: Pins and needles in feet while exercising

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So we can summarise "pins and needles in the feet" as follows:
  • possible diabetes
  • nerve damage
  • poor circulation
  • spinal problems
  • underactive thyroid
  • pernicious anaemia
or
  • tight shoes
  • weak foot muscles
  • incorrect excercising technique
(I don't like the odds there)


As we have a proper podiatrist in the thread now; Could I take the liberty to ask a question on the behalf on the OP?
Hannah'sauntie, is it fair to suggest to first work out the lower three possibilities first before consulting a doctor?

I ask this because with only one symptom "pins and needles", I don't know when you should take the higher, more serious possibilities into account?


eg. If a change of excercise technique and program fixes the initial pins and needles, what is the probability of "masking" some other more serious problems, when they should have seen a doctor in the first place?


(Tom1234....... I was only joking earlier, I just prefer not to panic first)
I would say that if the OP finds that the pins and needles eases after changing shoes (or just the way they fasten shoes, not too tight), exercise techniques etc then it is unlikely there is any other underlying medical problem. The tingling would happen at rest in all the other possible causes. I would ease off the exercise for a while and see if that helps. In my humble opinion.
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Old 16.08.2011, 14:01
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I would say that if the OP finds that the pins and needles eases after changing shoes (or just the way they fasten shoes, not too tight), exercise techniques etc then it is unlikely there is any other underlying medical problem. The tingling would happen at rest in all the other possible causes. I would ease off the exercise for a while and see if that helps. In my humble opinion.
Being overweight could cause it and may not happen at rest. (this could possibly be a medical problem depending on how you look at it).
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Old 16.08.2011, 14:08
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It's common with ellipticals, as with most exercises, you would lift your feet, but with ellipticals they are in contact with the foot..um..plate? all the time and therefore the circulation is restricted. why you also get it in Zumba - could your trainers be to tight/too small?

and here's an article about it:
http://www.ellipticalhome.com/ellipt...t-article.html
I was going to say, trainers too tight as well. That used to happen to me until I changed trainers.
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Old 16.08.2011, 14:25
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I used to get this at the start of each Rugby season....... I didn't smoke then either.

It's literally just muscle fatigue.

Yep, the magnesium suppliments will help, but you have to adjust your training program.

During extended periods of excercise you will notice that your feet give out far sooner than your body will..... so the only way out of this is to excercise less, but more frequently.

build up the intensity slowly (slightly longer each time, and increase the frequency.

Your feet will respond in a much shorter period.

Afterwards, stretching etc is important.


Also, you may also want to visit a podiatrist if the problem persists..... particularly if you suffer from knee or lower back pain. A proper pair of inserts maybe beneficial.
Inserts may help, that's why a proper foot exam is really necessary.
By the way, I'm not touting for business, I'm not practising at the moment.
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Old 16.08.2011, 14:32
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I was going to say, trainers too tight as well. That used to happen to me until I changed trainers.
It used to happen to me before someone told me that your trainers should be a size or even two bigger than your normal shoe size. I have size 38 feet, but all my trainers are now 39-40 and no problems any more. Either it was this or my anemia, spinal problems, diabetes etc etc were all miraculosly cured.
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It used to happen to me before someone told me that your trainers should be a size or even two bigger than your normal shoe size. I have size 38 feet, but all my trainers are now 39-40 and no problems any more. Either it was this or my anemia, spinal problems, diabetes etc etc were all miraculosly cured.
I very much hope shoes are the answer to the OP's problems.
All I would say is, had my DH been tested earlier for diabetes, his problems might now be fewer.
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Old 16.08.2011, 14:40
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Inserts may help, that's why a proper foot exam is really necessary.
By the way, I'm not touting for business, I'm not practising at the moment.

........ are you kidding????


It's AWESOME that we have an actual podiatrist in this thread !!!!


thanks for all your input
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Re: Pins and needles in feet while exercising

Crikey!! My email's been out of action for the last 24 hours so I've only just seen I got replies! Amazing, I didn't expect any, let alone the informative multitude here - really appreciated, thanks everyone - some made me laugh (billhardie Ithangyew), some made me nearly vomit (thanks so much Tom, not), most made a lot of sense (thanks for the links), and actually it's good to know others have had this too. Sorry, I'll be here all night if I quote everyone, so...

I knew I'd get some stick for smoking, I am taking that on the chin, but there was no point lying about it - I know it's not big and it's not clever. It may sound like I'm in denial, but I'm pretty sure I don't have diabetes or anything too serious, I think I'd have noticed (point taken about the lung cancer cough though). The numbness goes away by the time I've hobbled down to the changing rooms and got out again.

I am about a stone overweight, but I think I used to get this when I was thin, but it comes on quicker now, so that may be a factor. Suzy you've reminded me that I used to change direction and that really helped, I'll try that again. (And you're a little slim thing, so it's probably not just the extra weight ). Also the bouncy/stampy thing a couple of you mentioned. The cross trainer is one with the moving pads, and I'm wearing the Reebok tone-things, whatever they're called. Maybe technique is the issue after all. I really hope it's not the shoes, bloomin' things cost a fortune. But will try another pair.

Hannah'sauntie you've reminded me that when I was being treated for my slipped disc by a chiropractor I was told I had fallen arches - maybe inserts might help, worth considering. (While I'm on that, top tip, wellness massage at Rheinfelden spa sorted my back out a treat a few weeks ago, recommended.)

The magnesium and iron supplement ideas are interesting, certainly no harm in trying those - I seem to have exhibited symptoms of anaemia in the past, but blood tests didn't confirm it, got put down to stress. Worth a go though. Also the circulation/refill test.

I don't think I can ease back on the exercise too much, I don't do enough as it is, but I will try all other suggestions one at a time to see what works.

By the way, a girl, about 20 years younger than me, in the Zumba class (her first time) said she had the same problem, and she was wearing the Reebok thingies too, but bless her she was also a stone or so overweight, and about as fit as me, so I must admit I thought at the time that was probably the issue. Obviously didn't say that at the time. But dropping a stone's not a quick thing, so thought I'd ask the question here.

Seriously, I'm impressed, and really grateful, thank you all.
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