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My toes go numb when I peddle for a while.(11 posts)

My toes go numb when I peddle for a while.Mongoose
Oct 24, 2001 5:49 AM
For some reason the 2 or 3 little toes on my right foot start to go numb after I have been peddling for a while. I ride my bike to work and back every day, 3.5 miles each way and it happens almost every day. I just wear my regular jogging shoes when I ride my bike. Does anyone have any idea why this could be happening? And how to stop it from happening? Thanks.
toe curlsDog
Oct 24, 2001 5:54 AM
Bike shoes might help a lot. The stiffer sole helps to spread the pedal pressue.

The toes go numb because of nerve compression in the ball of the foot. Here is a trick to make it go away (worked for me when this hit severely in a long race): Curl your toes down hard against the bottom of your shoe, particularly the 4 smaller toes, pressing the top of the foot against the top of the shoe. This will likely make hot foot or numb toes go away for a while. You need shoes that have enough toe box room for this to work.

seat alsocyclopathic
Oct 24, 2001 7:03 AM
could be, check adjustment
btw do you wear cycling shorts?
Just jogging shortsMongoose
Oct 24, 2001 7:40 AM
Or my nylon pants if it's cold out.
get cycling shorts mancyclopathic
Oct 24, 2001 3:17 PM
they make all the difference.
I personally like Voler (though many would say the Voler chamois is thin) you can get a pair from IMBA site for 35$

for distances you ride (8-20mi) any shorts would do, check Perfomance or Nashbar they had some in 20-30$ range good luck
New shoes worked for me; pedal swap might help, toocory
Oct 24, 2001 7:40 AM
There's a nerve that runs through there (plantar nerve? I forget), and pressure on that can cause the numbness you describe. Since you're in jogging shoes, the edge of the pedals might be pushing through the soft soles. I still ride with platform pedals and toe clips about half the time, and cheap mountain bike shoes (like Diadora Jalapenos, $40 at Nashbar) really helped me.
You might look at the pedals, too. If you're using those old rat trap ones, with the thin, sawtooth edges, MKS makes a nifty aluminum-bodied pedal that spreads the load. One of the mail order places (forget if it's Nashbar or Performance) often has similar ones pretty cheap.
Ya that's the kind of pedal I use.Mongoose
Oct 24, 2001 9:07 AM
The one with the thin metal edge around it. It doesn't evenly displace the force against my foot so that is probably part of the problem. I don't use toe clips either, I was thinking of getting them sometime though.

I will try wearing some shoes with a harder sole in them.
In addition to the above...brider
Oct 24, 2001 7:53 AM
You say you use running shoes. Do you use toe clips and straps as well? The pressure on the top of the foot from toe straps can also contribute to numbness in the toes.
re: My toes go numb when I peddle for a while.UncleMoe
Oct 24, 2001 8:32 AM
1. Get clipless pedals. This relieves some pressure points caused by the straps you are using. It is the nerve being compressed, causing numbness, not loss of circulation.

2. Get biking shoes with a hard, stiff sole. I didn't think it would make much difference, but it does. If being able to walk a little easier in them is important, get MTB shoes. The sole should be extremely difficult to flex, if at all.

3. Get shoes with a larger toe area, or one size bigger. The toe curl thing, or crossing your big and second toe, really helps.

4. Learn to peddle in a circular motion and to relax and move your feet around.

5. None of this is foolproof and my toes still go numb, but no where near as bad as before. I made these adjustments and it is now manageable.
Oct 24, 2001 3:56 PM
In addition to a lot of the straight forward stuff it could be that your foot may need orthotics to keep it in the right postion. Applying force from riding and not supporting the foot correctly can pinch nerves and blood vessels inthe foot. My right foot used to go numb all the time even after short rides - started using Super Feet inserts and eventually went to custom orthotics. Now my feet are super comfy all the time for centuries and beyond. consider visiting a foot specialist. I also run custom foot beds and injected liners in my ski boots - best damn $300 I ever spent.
having trouble selling it??Rusty McNasty
Oct 25, 2001 3:59 AM
I can't imagine why your toes are going numb while you are PEDDLING your bike. Are you trying to PEDDLE it door-to-door, or in the classifieds? If you are doing the former, well, there is your problem.
If you are unsuccesful in PEDDLING your bike, I may buy it from you. I'm looking for a new bike to PEDAL around town while I PEDDLE my mercaindise.
I guess it depends on the METTLE of the METAL which the bike is made from. :)