A 24-year-old female asked:
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why do my feet go numb when i work out on the elliptical for 15 minutes. i'm usually going about 3mph. should i be worried?

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Dr. Howard Lelvowitz
26 years experience Internal Medicine
See full answer: Diabetes can cause a peripheral neuropathy or numbness often this is associated with suboptimal dm control pernicious anemia can be associated with numbess. Alcohol as well as lead and heavy metals can rarely cause numbness. A herniated disc can cause numbness often associated with weakness and or muscle wasting you should se your doctor and have a physical done.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Nerve compression: The most common reason for numbness during activity is nerve compression. It could be as simple as tight or mismatched shoes (which just means you need to get better shoes), or it could be active swelling for medical reasons that cause nerve compression. It could also be tarsal tunnel, which would affect mostly the bottom of the foot.
Answered on Mar 2, 2016
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