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Same old question about shoes....(7 posts)

Same old question about shoes....BrianU
Jul 9, 2001 11:36 AM
I see quite a few posts from people having problems with toes going numb when riding. I also have been having problems with my toes on only my left foot going numb. I have tried moving the cleat around, but that doesn't seem to help. Usually a short break from pedaling will get everything feeling fine again, however having to stop every 20 miles for a couple minutes is really annoying. I'm currently using a pair of like-new 6 year old Shimano shoes (do not know what model) and Speedplay X-2's. I haven't tried inserts yet, because good ones are not cheap and I've been wanting to buy some new shoes anyway. Anyway the big question for all you experienced cyclists and other people that have had this problem is... what do you think the odds are that a new pair of shoes will help my situation? I hate to spend the money on a new pair of shoes, only to find out they do not feel any different than the shoes I am currently using. I have just started getting really serious this last year and some friends I ride with have been encouraging me to try my hand at racing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
re: Same old question about shoes....rtolle
Jul 9, 2001 11:58 AM
I have problems with my left foot going numb and my fingers also. I just bought a new pair of Sidi shoes and I love'em but they did not really cut down the numbing effect. I just ride through it and anymore I don't really notice it.
Similar problemMabero
Jul 9, 2001 12:42 PM
I just bought a pair of Sidi shoes and while they are the most comfortable shoes they still left my feet a little bit numb...but I just moving the cleat around and making sure the pedal is centered about the ball of my foot it has started to reduce.

But if that doesn't seem to help try taking one of your feet out of the pedal for a couple seconds here and there (preferably while on a downhill) and let them relax for a sec.

That sometimes helps.
funny, I have older Shimanos and X2sET
Jul 9, 2001 1:04 PM
and no problems at all. My guess is that either a different shoe (wider toebox? different sole?) and/or different pedal system will work, but there's no real shortcut.
sidi shoes & pedaling style...C-40
Jul 9, 2001 3:15 PM
Highly recommend Sidi shoes. They work great with speedplays. Your problem could be medical in nature and require some attention. Special foot beds that spread out the load are often prescribed.

Also assess your pedaling style. Excessive foot pressure can be caused by low cadence heavy gear mashing. If you're not spinning at 90 rpm or more, it could aggravate the problem. Also try to pull up slightly on the upstroke. It only takes a little bit to reduce the pressure on the foot.
yes! Pedaling style...UncleMoe
Jul 9, 2001 4:07 PM
I agree with the one above. I have a similar problem. What I find is, when I get tired I tend to force on the downstroke. That is when my toes go numb.

When I am fresh, I "spin" equally throughout the stroke and my feet are fine. Now I make it a point to focus on spin control vs. speed and I have fewer problems.
Thanks everyone for the advise...BrianU
Jul 9, 2001 6:39 PM
I have actually been considering a pair of Sidi Genius 3's. A friend of mine swears by them.
I have also wondered if maybe I had been mashing on the pedals too much. My legs have gotten considerbly stronger in the last 6 months and I do not use my small chainring as much as I used too. I'm probably going to get the Sidi's and then focus more on spinning at a higher cadence. Thanks again. I had some ideas, but it is always nice to get some advise from someone with more experience.