What Causes Foot Pain During Exercise?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

I use the stair stepper at the gym everyday. My feet both go numb after about 8 minutes. When I stop exercising, feeling returns to normal. I bought expensive shoes that fit my feet very well, but after exercising, my feet hurt so bad. What could this be? What kind of doctor should I see?

Doctor's response

Numbness in both feet with exercise that is relieved by rest could indicate irritation of nerves in the lower back or in the feet. It could also be caused by poor circulation to the feet. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. A neurologist is a specialist in evaluating nerve disorders.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018