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Need suggestions for foot numbness...(9 posts)

Need suggestions for foot numbness...Crankist
Jul 20, 2001 9:11 AM
...no, I haven't been riding for more than a few months and I just can't seem to get off the new Lemond (Zurich). I'm 5'11", 190 lbs., bike is 55cm, pedals are Shimano pd-a515, seat has been changed to Selle Italia Pro Link, and I have installed high-arch support inserts in the Specialzed shoes. Both feet go numb after about an hour, but I sure as heck am not ready to quit after so short a ride. Any suggestions?
Thanks, Mike
Do you clench your toes?Brian C.
Jul 20, 2001 9:28 AM
The same problem occured with me, with basically the same gear.
The LBS owner, an experienced rider, suggested relaxing your toes. There was a naturally tendency to clench them, especially when exerting. It was a conscious effort at first, keeping them relaxed, but it seems to have worked - no more numbness.
Also, your note is unclear, but if your shoes are just a month old give them a few more weeks/miles to break in.
Are your shoes too tight?Taylor_A
Jul 20, 2001 9:31 AM
I have wide feet and have had the same problem in the past because of tight shoes.

Just a thought
re: Need suggestions for foot numbness...UncleMoe
Jul 20, 2001 9:42 AM
This may sound odd, but on my ride home last night I crossed my big toe and the second tow (sort of like drossing your fingers), but not tightly. Just a little cross in a relaxed manner. That helped a ton. Not sure if it created more space for circulation, or if it simply made me relax my foot altogether.

Also, my left foot tends to go numb more often than my right. I noticed the cleat on my left is angled just a little off. I plan on adjusting it a little bit to see if it helps. Just an idea. Maybe adjust the angle ever so slightly...
Crazy but works for meixiz
Jul 20, 2001 9:50 AM
I occasionally get numb feet after sometimes only an hour of riding.
I am a brevet rider and occasionally spend 15+ hours on the bike a day and at time more.

I have tried numerous things and shoes. The following seems to work. I wear those weird sandles pre ride - Those that has dimples all over the insole - some call them poolside shoes. I think that helps blood circulation.

What i have in my shoes now are an old split mtn bike tube as an insole with holes punched (using regular hole punch). If you dont mind having that in there semipermanently - go to an art store and get a can of spray glue and spray it onto the home made insole.

If this work please send me a few dollars to support my crazy invention - goixiz@altavista.com
Looser laces ...Humma Hah
Jul 20, 2001 10:03 AM
Foot numbness may be due to loss of circulation. It has become a more common problem with the advent of high-performance sports footwear. Heavily padded footwear, too tightly laced, acts about like a blood-pressure cuff: it can cut off circulation, leading to numbness and tingling.

I used to work for a company that did footwear testing (they bought out the Footwear Industries of America testing lab). One of the things I noted when the "pump" sports shoes were introduced was that they were built like a blood-pressure cuff. Most models did not pump up the sole cushion area, they pumped up the "upper's" of the shoes. Excessive pressure, above systolic pressure, simply cut off circulation. Laces too tight on heavily padded shoes does the same.
The one hour pointHorace Greeley
Jul 20, 2001 11:19 AM
is just about the time my feet actually begin to swell very slightly on a hot day. It's not alot, but enough that I need to loosen my velcro straps. I'll usually loosen the first two to the point of almost falling out just to get the blood flowing again. Then I tighten just the right amount to deal with the slightly snugger fit. People tend to overlook that their feet swell on longer rides. In the winter, its takes much longer if at all. Same thing applies to long distance runners.
re: Need suggestions for foot numbness...Dragon
Jul 21, 2001 9:54 AM
Try moving the cleats back on your shoes, it sounds like they are too far forward and and that does cause numbnees. The center of the pedal axle needs to be just slightly behind the ball of your foot.
Thanks, allCrankist
Jul 22, 2001 9:07 AM
(Well, I thought I had posted a note of thanks with a follow-up, but I can't find it). I went half way on a thirty mile trip, feet were numb. So I stopped and moved cleats to back pos. and resumed. Five or six miles later (so far no numbness) when I came on a man on the bike trail roller-blading carrying a bike across his back, going leffffft and righhhht. I called out, he acknowledged me, moved right -and as I passed him @ 18 mph he moved left. Bike & I flipped (I landed on head and shoulder)in the dirt. Anyway end of test, 6 hrs. in emergency room with a-c shoulder seperation. Where do these people come form? He asked if I was OK. I said ____ no! He just left me there with my face in the dirt, I couldn't get up 'till some normal people came along and helped. What a world! Thanks for your suggestions, all.
Have Fun, Mike