Touring - Toes going numb... ???
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01-22-08, 07:15 AM
I am in the process of getting my riding legs in shape for some light touring starting this spring. I went for a ride this Sunday in 30F weather, and while I was warm enough and the scenery was gorgeous with freshly fallen snow, my toes started going numb after only about 30 minutes of riding. They were not cold, just numb. I noticed that during my previous ride as well and I remember it happening on extended mountain bike excursions.
Has anyone else experience numb toes? Is it tight shoes? Bad circulation? Do I need to buy a recumbent?
01-22-08, 07:54 AM
I get the same thing with a combination of thick socks, too tight shoes, cold weather and a treatment for high blood pressure (which tends to give me reynaud syndrome).
That also means I had frostbite on my toes very easily (itchy and painful).
My doctor has already changed my treatment for something that is more "cardio selective" to avoid getting numb fingers/toes and I need to buy bigger shoes.
Are your shoes big enough?
01-22-08, 08:18 AM
I agree -- big enough shoes to wiggle your toes is a must to prevent them getting numb.
What you need is an "ample toe box" in your shoes. :)
01-22-08, 08:43 AM
I agree, It's all about the toe box and a flat (no raised tread) and somewhat stiff sole. I just snowsealed a pair of these:
to rock around town, Very comfy!
01-22-08, 10:16 AM
My shoes are Pearl Izumi Vanagabond II, which have a very stiff sole and a roomy toe box, so wearing thick socks is not an issue. I also use neoprene shoe covers in the winter.
So it sounds like a pressure issue. I wonder if I'm overtightening my shoe straps to compensate for the loose toe box.
01-22-08, 10:20 AM
Tight toestraps will mess things up . . . loosen up!
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