Numb Feet in Runners: Austinites—Don’t Lose that Loving Feeling

Runners & Numb FeetAustinites love to run. In fact, Austin, TX has been named one of “America’s 10 Best Cities for Runners” by Forbes Travel Guide. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail is at the heart of the running beat, so it’s no wonder that many of our patients seek treatment for running related conditions. Numb feet in runners should not be ignored—check out what you can do to get the feeling back in your foundation!


Loss of feeling in the feet can be related to injury or disease, but it’s more likely that you’re suffering from pressure on a nerve. Which nerve is the question, and the answer lies in the location of your discomfort.


If tingling is present in the area between toes three and four, then a Morton’s neuroma is the most likely suspect. However, if you’re feeling (or not feeling) sensations on the bottom of the foot, tarsal tunnel syndrome may be to blame.


What can you do to keep your feet in top running condition? Listen to them, and act promptly when you note signs of trouble. Choosing to wait to address your symptoms could result in a longer recovery period. Next, seek help and treatment options at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Once you’ve received a diagnosis from our sports injury experts, evaluate your footwear. Do they fit well? Do your toes have room to move? Are they in good condition (or should you have tossed them fifty miles ago?) Finally, follow your treatment plan which may include resting, icing, taping, and padding.


Conservative treatment options are available at onset, but surgical intervention is sometimes necessary. Contact Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS today to learn more about how you can avoid losing that loving feeling due to numb feet. Call (512) 398-8900 today, or schedule an appointment online.

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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