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Feet falling asleepJubie Aulisio
May 10, 2001 8:00 PM
Any cures for toes falling asleep on long rides and becoming painful. I switched to carbon fiber soles and that helped. Now instead of falling asleep at 60 miles the onset won't be until about 80 or 90. Would a Spenco or Sorbothane type insole provide any relief? Thanks for any suggestions.
re: Feet falling asleepbigdave
May 11, 2001 8:49 AM
Insoles might help, but my guess is that the problem lies elsewhere. For me, the biggest thing is making sure that there is no part of your shoe that might cause blood restriction. I had a pair of shoes that had too much *meat* on the tongue, which was putting pressure between my ankle and foot. When my foot was flexed like at the top of the downstroke, it was cutting off circulation or something. I trimmed the tongue with a scissors... it looked ugly, but it took the symtoms you describe away. Cleat placement also might play a role... take a look at your shoes, how they fit, and how they look at different points in the pedal stroke. Make sure they don't seem to be *pinching* anything. I have another pair of shoes now that I might have to do surgery on...

re: Feet falling asleepsimstress
May 14, 2001 4:08 PM
Thick socks cause my toes to go numb. If you're using thick socks, you might try DeFeet or something similar.
re: Feet falling asleepRalph
May 15, 2001 2:45 PM
it was happening to me and putting on the shoes and having the straps loose help lots,,,,as you ride you feet fill in the slack,,, it worked
Good pointbigdave
May 16, 2001 10:08 PM
I have been fighting with this with my new pair of shoes, too. First, I did cut some extra length off the tongue, so now it's even with the top of the top strap (3 strap shoe). That keeps the tongue from pushing into my ankle like I mentioned before.

So with that mod, I was able to keep from getting 90% of the numbness. But I still had a bit there. So I put the shoes on a little looser to start with, and lo and behold like Ralph says, 40 minutes in they were not so loose any more. So, be wary of putting them on so they feel *just right* when you first start out.