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numb right foot/toes from riding hard....also insoles, whats good(7 posts)

numb right foot/toes from riding hard....also insoles, whats goodishmael
Jun 15, 2001 10:21 AM
is it because the blood is having trouble getting all the way around the body (going left to right), thats what i think but its still a bother and i want to make sure its nothing to be too concerned about...riding out of the saddle helps...
what about insoles in general, my feet feel like lead by nighttime from 2 hours riding...i remember something about bikers should use toe down or something insoles but i forget what type it was
You may need stiffer shoes...Greg Taylor
Jun 15, 2001 11:00 AM
Stiff soles (as opposed to "stiff souls", see discussion on "Religion", below) spread out the pressure on your foot better than, well, a less stiff sole. One sign that your shoe is too floppy is that your feet go numb, or you get hot spots. The sole on even a decent road shoe will eventually loosen up and give problems.

Just one place to check...
I've had good luck with theseHank
Jun 15, 2001 11:02 AM
use 'em in my Carnacs. But I think shoes are the most important item after your frameset - if you have bad shoes, I'd look into getting better ones. Makes a huge difference.
I am becoming more convinced that the best you could do for yourbill
Jun 15, 2001 11:04 AM
feet is develop a constant, even spin. Hard pedaling doesn't get me going as fast as even pedaling, and it's a lot easier on my feet.
Assuming that you have decent shoes, good saddle position, good cleat position, etc., I've got Superfeet insoles, which are very comfy if you have the room in the shoe to fit them in (although I still don't think that they've helped as much as learning how to pedal). There are other inserts; don't know the relative merits.
lift 'emredman
Jun 18, 2001 12:55 AM
I notice that my hardest riding does not give me that pain in the ball of the foot, because I'm spinning and pulling up. When I'm lazy and bored and sit there mashing a big gear, the feet start hurting, because even as your foot comes up, you're exerting downward force on the pedal. Not only leads to pain, but not very effiecient.
What type of pedals do you use?look271
Jun 15, 2001 4:59 PM
Besides the shoes, a pedal with a small platform (spd's) could cause this. Times or Looks have nice big platforms that can help enen if you have soles that are a little flexy.
re: numb right foot/toes from riding hard....also insoles, whats goodjoaz
Jun 17, 2001 8:56 PM
I'm not certain about what kind of insole you should use, however I am fairly sure that the reason for your numbness and tingling is related to some form of nerve irritation. Contrary to what we were all brought up to believe, when your foot/leg or other body part falls asleep it is NOT from "cutting off the circulation" if it were, your tissues would die from oxygen starvation after a few minutes. This phenomenon is caused by putting pressure on a nerve or group of nerves inhibiting them from transmitting signals properly. If you are having numbness and tingling, and it is alleviated from riding out of the saddle, there is a good chance that your seating position is to blame, and is causing a pressure build up on a nerve. I would check to make sure that you are fitted properly on your cycle first. Also, there is a condition in some people known as Compartment Syndrome. This occurs in the lower leg where muscles are contained within little "envelopes" or compartments....kind of like a steak wrapped in suran wrap. When you exercise the muscle fills with blood and the "suran wrap" prevents the muscle from expanding properly. this can also cause the above mentioned pressure on a nerve. The condition is alleviated relatively easily through a surgical procedure, but I would pursue this as a last option.