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My toes are numb!(7 posts)

My toes are numb!girl
Jun 3, 2001 2:21 PM
Now that school's out for the summer, I'm finally able to ride's been a while, and I had forgotten how numb my toes get when I start riding a lot. I've been getting anywhere from 200-350 miles a week, and toward the end of rides my toes are so numb I can't feel them. And now, The feeling has sort of stopped coming back after I get off the's like they're perma-numb. What to do? Is it my shoes, do you think? My pedals? Is this something people just put up with? Am I going to get gangrene? (heh heh)

re: My toes are numb!DrD
Jun 3, 2001 2:31 PM
You didn't mention if you were using clipless pedals or not - if so, move the cleats back a little bit towards your heel (go a couple of mm at a time until the numbness goes away). Another thing to consider would be some good inserts for your shoes (Superfeet makes some decent ones, as do other manufacturers) which will help distribute the load on your foot.

Hotspots and/or mild numbness (esp. on longer rides, before you get your cleat position dialed in) is common - however, numbness that doesn't go away is not - were I you, I would have it checked out by a podiatrist...
re: My toes are numb!mackgoo
Jun 3, 2001 3:57 PM
Do you think your shoes are wide enough?
re: My toes are numb!bear
Jun 3, 2001 6:18 PM
dont tighten tthe strap at all,,,leave them loose as you ride you foot will swell and the fit will be perfect and you have plenty of circulation,,it worked for me!!! I still get some but only when I ride more then 50 mile and not as bad as b4
A couple more pointsKerry Irons
Jun 3, 2001 6:40 PM
Along with the other good suggestions here, consider whether your shoe soles are stiff enough, and whether you are doing in "toe scrunches" as you ride. A flexible shoe will allow pressure points on your foot, and scrunching your toes will lead to cramps, hot spots, pain, and numbness. Pedal with your whole foot, not just your fore-foot.
A couple more pointssteveuk
Jun 3, 2001 6:51 PM
also stretch while riding. your feet go numb because of lack of blood flow so stretching your legs and scrunching your toes should help. Maybe you are getting cold? If you get cold the body draws blood away from extremities to keep internal organs warm - answer keep warm/wear a hat/thicker socks. Maybe your socks too tight round the ankle and restricting blood flow a little?

Don't let your little toes be numb for more than 20 minutes or so because you could damage the blood vessels. Then there would be even less blood flow and yer little tootsies would be even more prone to numb up!
good pointJohnG
Jun 3, 2001 7:17 PM
My toes get numb when I get chilled.

It's hard to believe that's the problem in June though. Sounds like a shoe fit problem to me.