Simple really. These things were designed by someone wanting to make a lot of money, NOT for human beings. Every time your feet lift off of terra firma, they re-adjust to the need created by the last foot step. Those tiny adjustments are why we have 26 bones in our feet, not 25, not 27 not 2. This is all done inside of the connective tissue system of the body. That little lifting, replanting the foot, and readjusting is how and why we are designed the way we are. When none of this is allowed, like while on an elliptical your feet become way over worked and exhausted. The other thing that happens is they are completely out of alignment. Nobody walks like that, I repeat, nobody. Ever. What I’m surprised at, is that your knees and your hips aren’t hurting yet. But give them time. They will, too.
As you know, your feet don’t leave the elliptical, do they? Setting them in place, you lock your foot into a set position. It may feel right when you begin but by the time you get off, those feet have been through the ringer in terms of not getting the flexing, and micro movements they were designed to have with EVERY STEP. Your feet are trying to tell you to get off this thing, One thing about our body’s, they don’t lie, they don’t have an agenda. They are an honest feedback loop.
I’m sure you’ve been told that this is better for your knees. Can you say “Crap!” out loud three times? What I’m waiting for is for somebody to say, “The insides of my knees hurt!” OR “My hips began to hurt and I don’t know why.” Keep in mind, gym owners are never going to confirm what you say.
Even treadmills are less than optimal. You simply don’t walk the same as you do outdoors. When you take a step outdoors, like on a lawn or on a trail, you lift your leg entirely different than when you are on a treadmill and most certainly on an elliptical. Your foot makes tiny adjustments without you ever thinking about it. That alone opens up the connective tissue system like it was designed to do. So my suggestion, (so this doesn’t turn into an article or book) is find the stair climber. Better workout, and it simulates a trail. Every step will have an adjustment. Every step produces a tiny toe pointing change, a tiny arch change, a tiny balance change. (Not much, but probably enough) You’ll have much less foot pain and you’ll have stronger legs. If possible, take two steps every once in a while, if you’re a real animal. Keep in mind, pain is easy to get rid of, if you understand what caused it. So, last word, pay attention!