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numb feet w clipless(8 posts)

numb feet w cliplessgeba5
Jun 8, 2002 5:23 AM
just started using clipless w new bike; first ride feet went numb from mid foot down after about 10miles and stayed that way thru ride; changed shoes to specialized "body geometry" with more support; 2nd ride today and same numbness after about 15-20miles; stayed numb for full 35miles and resolved 15mins off bike; the shoes are comp mountain w wellgo pedals
appreciate any advise re: solution...
Loosen the straps!jromack
Jun 8, 2002 7:23 AM
Sounds like the straps are too tight and after your feet swell a bit, the circulation gets cut off.

When you feel this coming on, stop and loosen the straps.

On some very long rides, if I feel that foot numbness coming on, I take off my shoes and massage my feet a bit.

Also verify that you have the right shoe size. I wear biking shoes a half size larger than my street shoes.
Some foot pain info here!Justride
Jun 8, 2002 7:53 AM Overuse Injuries:
re: numb feet w cliplessJekyll
Jun 8, 2002 7:58 AM
Sounds like a shoe and not a pedal problem. Make sure you're not over tightening the shoelaces/straps (I don't know what your shoes have). If you over do the top of the shoe you will cut off circulation and get numb feet. Its pretty easy to squeeze down the insole so much that you cut off circulation, especially if you are try to overcompensate for poor shoe fit.
If you are getting numbness mostly at the sole then you may be experiencing "hot spots" from lack of platform area on the pedal and a soft shoe sole combination.
May want to try a few different shoes. No one pair will be comfortable for everyone.
Try new footbedsKerry
Jun 8, 2002 5:39 PM
As the others suggest, you may just have the straps too tight on your shoes, but you may also have a foot/shoe compatibility problem. Much cheaper than trying other shoes is replacing the footbeds. Your feet may like some other footbed better than the ones that came with the shoes. Ski shops, bike shops, and running stores all have replacement footbeds.
Second ThatB2
Jun 9, 2002 6:26 AM
I assume the first thing you probably did was loosen your straps on your shoes and that didn't do it. A different footbed could help.

I have the same problem, but it only occurs when I'm riding in larger groups where the pace doesn't vary for long periods. I believe it's due to apply constant pressure on one spot for long periods without any let up.

I plan on trying different footbeds also. Maybe I can distribute the "load" more evenly.

Could be your cleat position.czardonic
Jun 10, 2002 10:09 AM
I had a similar problem with my left foot going numb about 15 min. into rides . Losening the straps didn't do it for me. I realized that the numbness started about where the cleat was attached to the shoe. Moving it about a cm. back solved the problem completely (I also moved the right cleat, to even things up). I suspect that I was getting a "hot spot" in just the right place to impact a nerve. If you are really attached to your cleat position, you might try more minor adjustments.
Just keep riding, it goes awayKristin
Jun 10, 2002 10:17 AM
Well, it did for me. Most of last year my feet went numb with my new pedals/shoes--though the numbness would start later into the ride the more I rode. This year, no problems. Usually, the body reacts harshly to new equipment, etc...but eventually it goes away. I bought a Corsica in 1998 and developed Bursitus (sp?) within a month. After a year, I was ready to trade the car in; but then by body adapted and it went away.