Weird Symptoms, Explained

What’s behind odd tics, pains, and other symptoms (and how to get rid of them).

Real Simple—January 12, 2011

Your Foot Goes Numb When You’re on the StairMaster

The explanation: When you move your feet in a repetitive way during a workout, or if your shoes or laces are too tight, the “tiny nerves between your toes can get pinched as you put pressure on your foot,” says Sabrina Strickland, an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York City, and that can make it feel uncomfortably numb.

The fix: During your workout, wiggle your toes in your shoes a few times—and loosen your laces if they’re too tight.

When to see a doctor: If numbness happens during other activities or you can’t make it go away. You could have a nerve problem in your foot.

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