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running01 Amateur 27 posts since
Oct 22, 2007
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Dec 8, 2008 8:48 PM

Numb feet while riding

I've heard a lot of people mention numbness in their hands, groin or pain in their back and shoulders but not much about feet going numb.  It's primarily my toes and they go numb at some point during almost every ride I do.  It usually doesn't happen until 10-20 miles into the ride but they stay numb for the remainder of it.  My shoes fit comfortably (not too small).  I try to wiggle my toes while riding to keep some blood flowing.

Does anyone else experience this or know a way to correct it?  Thanks.

  • Swampy1970 Rookie 6 posts since
    Dec 11, 2007
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    1. Dec 10, 2008 9:17 PM (in response to running01)
    Re: Numb feet while riding


    It's most likely due to a nerve being 'pressed' or trapped and not to do with bloodflow. If it is a bloodflow issue then you could check that because your feet with turn blue/black after an hour or two.... wink I get this problem (numbness) with Sidi shoes but not with my old Time or Brancale - thankfully the new Specialized and Pearl Izumi shoes work great for me. It's all very individual so there's no easy answer.



    Specialized also do an insole kit that may help - it was designed for use in their shoes but should work in others. Based upon your foot/arch profile there's several insoles to best match the bottom of your foot - go to your local specialized 'body geometry' dealer and stand on the foot pad that they have - this will tell you what insole to use. There are other insole kits out there but I've not tried or seen them in person.



    Good luck.



  • omabikeryder Legend 289 posts since
    Jul 9, 2007
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    2. Dec 11, 2008 3:57 PM (in response to Swampy1970)
    Re: Numb feet while riding


    This topic was discussed at great length in another post not that long ago.  You should go back and read all the info in there.



      Numbness in the feet is very common, lots of causes, lots of theories.



    Toes pointing down will put too much pressure on toes.



    Lack of arch support, need insole, or orthotics. 



    Improper shoes, not fitted correctly, too narrow area for toes. 



    And a podiatrist said that the pedaling motion leaves the foot in constant contact with the surface, so blood flow is interrupted.  Same thing happens on elliptical trainers. 



    This is just some of them. 






  • stephen g petchel Rookie 3 posts since
    May 5, 2008
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    3. Dec 14, 2008 2:26 PM (in response to running01)
    Re: Numb feet while riding

    My friend, I have experienced similar issues. For me, at about 30 to 40 miles. There is an exercise for it. I make sure that I bring some Advil and take them at my first 20 miles. 800mg-1000mg. I have changed my insoles to a foamy variety which conform to my feet. Check with a physical therapist or even WEBMD.

  • strangerthanfitness Pro 120 posts since
    Dec 3, 2008
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    4. Dec 21, 2008 9:15 AM (in response to stephen g petchel)
    Re: Numb feet while riding


    Stephen, be carefull with how much Ibuprofen you take in daily.  Even common over the counter drugs can be toxic if not taken in the right amounts.  Read this to have a good understanding of what is safe.  I am posting this because I know many endurance athletes just pop ibuprofen like its candy and can be hurting there body.






    +Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of

    ibuprofen can cause damage to your stomach or intestines. The maximum

    amount of ibuprofen for adults is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg

    per day (4 maximum doses). Use only the smallest amount of this

    medication needed to get relief from your pain, swelling, or fever.

    Avoid taking ibuprofen if you are taking aspirin to prevent stroke or

    heart attack. Ibuprofen can make aspirin less effective in protecting your heart

    and blood vessels. If you must use both medications, take the ibuprofen

    at least 8 hours before or 30 minutes after you take the aspirin

    (non-enteric coated form). Do not drink alcohol while taking this

    medication. Alcohol can increase your risk of stomach bleeding caused

    by ibuprofen.




  • grid-rider Legend 235 posts since
    Sep 5, 2009
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    5. Sep 8, 2009 5:41 PM (in response to running01)
    Re: Numb feet while riding

    My DD feet in reg shoes got that only when I wore socks (they fit a two year old after hitting the dryer)  Shimano has custom shoes $$

  • BoniF Rookie 4 posts since
    Sep 26, 2009
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    6. Oct 1, 2009 2:05 PM (in response to running01)
    Re: Numb feet while riding

    If you have a insole take it out...find a good thin sock..I have found at Target, yes Target in their $1.00 bin the best socks for cycling.  I have spent $$$$ buying $10 a pair cycling socks that gave me knumb toes and feet.  Also it could  be your shoes...I ride with Sidi and they have the little knobs to release pressure at certain points.


      If you get numb right away...then release your straps, it could be your pedals and the way your shoe goes in..I ride with Speedplay and if  you don't mark your holes for the cleets right and you are putting too much presure on the ball , toes will go numb.  I can ride for hours , but if its really hot and feet swolll from all the drink,  I get numb.


    Check the position of the shoe /cleet.  You got to just work it .




    As  for the hands...putting too much pressure of the drops will do it.. try a thicker tape, gloves , sometimes I just take off the gloves   I ride everyday lots of miles like I said before  this is all part of cycling..


    Good luck




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