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Numbness in my feet(6 posts)

Numbness in my feethallcd7
Aug 10, 2002 10:49 AM
After 45 min- 1 hr. outer edges of feet from middle of foot to small toes getting very numb when riding both mtn bike and road bike. shoes are Answer speeder, last years model, spd. and fit well. is it the shoes, position of the cleats, etc? looking for useful advise only please

re: Numbness in my feetjs5280
Aug 10, 2002 11:50 AM
Hmmmm, I find that most of my foot problems come from my shoes straps/laces being too tight. I now opt to keep them very loose. I basically just velcro them down when I feel just a little closing pressure. I think most feet expand during excerise so by leaving them a little looser in the begining, they're just right after you get going. If you're climbing right off the bat, sometime's I'll make them tighter but have to remember to loosen them later or they go to sleep.

The other likely candidate is that the cleat is pressing into your foot, particularly w/ MTB shoes because the soles aren't as stiff (typically) as road shoes. Ways to resolve this could be stiffer shoes, but if you're a masher or don't want to buy new shoes and/or pedals, try to spin a little more. All your power is distributed through the contact patch tween cleat and usually a small part of the shoe. Some pedal systems have larger contact patches, Look pedals I understand have one of the largest, if not the largest. Most surface/contact area, less pounds of pressure at a given point.

Some other low-cost tips, check and make sure your cleat is well positioned. The rule of thumb is that the cleat should be in line with the widest part of your foot. Also, some cleats come with a medal plate (typically has gradation markings) that come with them. Installing those may help distribute pressure as well and offer some relief.
Loosen 'em up ...Humma Hah
Aug 10, 2002 1:29 PM
... modern sports shoes tend to be padded. When tightened too much, they cut off circulation exactly like a blood pressure cuff.

An extreme example is the "pump up" sports shoe gimmick that showed up a few years ago. I worked at a lab that did some footwear testing and tested some of the early copies. I noticed that the air bladders were not in the sole where they would do good, but around the uppers. I mentioned to the manufacturer that the design would have no benefit from the standpoint of adding spring or cushioning, merely cut off circulation if pumped up excessivly. They instructed me to mind my own business.

Your feet may swell a little during a ride (mine do). I sometimes need to stop and adjust the laces.
Aug 11, 2002 3:45 AM
also feet tend to swell up, check straps and loosen up on longer rides. Overcounter shoe insets (~6$) work, help to reduce road buzz; check CVS.
ortho insoles/doctorrob45
Aug 10, 2002 2:14 PM
if it is chronic numbness, you should think about getting an orthopedic person to make a special pair of insoles for you. Also, if it's chronic, you should talk to your doctor about it as numbness of extremities can in some cases be a symptom of more serious conditions
ortho insoles/doctorjwarrenod
Aug 10, 2002 7:28 PM
Have a pair of custom Superfeet made. They've made my biking and downhill skiing much more enjoyable.