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leg numbness, tingling during workout
kate828 posted:
I have been experiencing numbness and tingling along the top of my backside all the way down the back of my legs to my feet. I feel like it has something to do with going back to the gym and using the elliptical machine. My legs usually fall asleep towards the end of the 30 min workout and I will usually go up on my toes to relieve it.

I've found other forums where several people agree to have the same complaint but no solution or explanation.
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
Foot numbness on the Elliptical and it generally happens around 20-25 minutes. First, make sure your shoe laces are not too tight and that your toes have enough room in the toe box to wiggle around. Second, shift your feet on the machine every few minutes and wiggle your toes. These techniques will get blood flowing back to your toes. If all else fails then you may need to get off the machine and walk around for a few minutes. You could do some other machine for a few minutes and then back on the Elliptical if you like.

As for numbness and tingling from your backside all the way down your legs, that's a different story. It could be from your posture on the machine, but symptoms like this are coming from higher up on your body than just your feet. If this continues then you should consult with your doctor. In the meantime check out the Sports Medicine Community at

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