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12:13 p.m. on April 24, 2013 (EDT)
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I have just gotten into trail running and am experiencing some numbness in my 2nd and 3rd toes after a few miles.  I am wearing shoes with a 6mm drop and a friend says I need to try CEP compression socks.  $45 for socks seems a bit steep though.

Do compression socks help? Are there other brands that are more affordable and still work well?  Is this  just punishment for being thick that I need to just live with? 

I know a lot of you run so I'm hoping for a little help w/o having to go to a running site for help.

Jeff

8:35 p.m. on April 24, 2013 (EDT)
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Yes, they help. I wear the Injinji ones. Wear them as you hike, take them off when you get into camp, and wear them again to bed if you like.

11:40 p.m. on April 24, 2013 (EDT)
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Also, a couple good running sites that I've found:

Toesalad.com

Irunfar.com

10:28 a.m. on April 25, 2013 (EDT)
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Much appreciated

5:17 a.m. on April 28, 2013 (EDT)
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Sounds like a condition similar a Morton's Neuroma, except MN involves the third and fourth toes.  You may have a neuroma nevertheless.  If this is the case, using different footwear may alleviate the symptoms now, but this condition frequently progresses with age.  It starts as numbness, but can evolve to discomfort, then a painful sensation like a stone in your shoe under that area of your foot.  You may eventually require the services of a podiatrist to deal with this if this is a neuroma.

Ed

8:36 a.m. on April 28, 2013 (EDT)
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There are much cheaper alternatives. Dive shops sell compression socks, at least in my area for like $15-20 . Also, a very cheap alternative is those elastic athletic style ankle braces. Only a few bucks each, but may do the job for you. They cover everything except the toes and the bottom of the heel. Might be worth trying anyway.

10:40 a.m. on April 28, 2013 (EDT)
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Sage,

It may be that your body is trying to tell you something.  Trailrunning is not for everyone.  Be careful.  The last thing hikers and backpackers want to do is mess up their feet or ankles.

11:47 a.m. on April 29, 2013 (EDT)
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Ed, I read up on Morton's Neuroma last week too and it does kinda sound like me.  But I'll give compression a try and see what my doc thinks.  Specialists are kinda scarce here in God's country so seeing a foot doc might require a little driving.  I appreciate the feedback.

Rambler, there is actually a dive shop near me, here just 6 hours from the Ocean, so I'll have to look there for compression socks, thanks.

5:01 p.m. on April 29, 2013 (EDT)
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Hi Sage - toe numbness can be caused by circulatory issues (Reynaud's, among others), nerve impingement due to anatomical or shoe fit issues, acute injury, Neuroma, Cuboid Syndrome, and a whole fiesta of peripheral neuropathies.

If it's persistent or annoying, check in with the foot doc.

I have lingering toe numbness from long distance hiking. It's been with me for a few years, and isn't a problem at all.

5:54 p.m. on May 11, 2013 (EDT)
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I've used the Injinji toes socks, too, but I've used them as sock liners to prevent blisters. 

Wouldn't compression socks restrict blood flow, increasing numbness rather than helping prevent it?I had to stop using them when I got Reynaud's then  frostbite a few years ago for that very reason. 

I was warned that potentially, I could lose a toe or two. Seeing the doctor sounds like a good idea.

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