For experienced runners: My left foot goes numb when I run. Why?
April 10, 2014 4:12 PM Subscribe
I'm an amateur runner warming up to the sport, and have been training for a four mile race. Consistently around the 2-3 mile mark my left foot goes numb; first I notice a slight tingling, and eventually it's like I'm running on one foot. I went to my primary care doctor, and he suggested I get a new pair of shoes at a specialty store, which I did. I tried running again today, and the problem hasn't gone away. I'd like to get this fixed without going to the doctor again, so if anyone has dealt with this issue before I'd love to hear what was wrong and how you (hopefully) fixed it.
posted by CottonCandyCapers to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The numbness starts around the ball of the foot, and then becomes more of a full-foot thing.
I was surprised at the specialty store; I thought they would be a lot more hands-on with figuring out what kind of shoe was right for me but I felt like I was shopping at Wal-mart. So, I was wondering if the shoes I ended up purchasing are too small. They're Mizuno Wave Runner 17`s. They are on the smaller side and do feel snug, but not uncomfortably so (I purchased 11.5's because they felt right, in the past I've gone with 12's). I just purchased them, so maybe they'll get better when they are broken in.
I used to run track in high school, but I've never really had this issue before. I'm not sure what it could be, and so would appreciate any insight more experienced runners might be able to give. The numbness does not occur on every run, but I would say it happens close to 75 percent of the time.
Extra details: I am on an average dose of Adderall XR, which I understand causes vasoconstriction. I've wondered if this might be exacerbating the problem, and might try running without it one of these days. Unfortunately, it helps me out in so many other ways when I am not running.