Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Numbness in toe?
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I wanted to see if anyone had any insights into this problem.
I have a older Raleigh road bike with toe straps that I ride when the weather is lousy or on MUP, sometimes just for the heck of it! Anyway, I use some SPD shoes for this bike. I have been getting some numbness in my right great toe after about 25-30 minutes on the bike. I purposely don't tighten the laces down tight and I leave the straps loose, to allow me to just slide in and out of them. The paresthesia does not radiate to any other areas and doesn't seem to affect the left foot. I did notice it very slightly after a ride on my MTB without straps and while wearing standard cross-training tennis shoes on one ride, but that was after 55 minutes.
Any thoughts? Is this a seat fit issue? I have not been out on my regular road bike yet this year, which has clipless pedals and was professionally fitted for me. Thanks.
Weird - I get the exact same issue but on the left foot. i do find if I shift my foot back an inch the numbness immediately disappears. I should be getting SPD shoes in the next few days and so iwill see if being "locked in" changes anything.
It is strange. I have used these shoes and this bike before, but this is the first season that I have noticed the numbness issue. It resolves quickly off the bike and sometimes will resolve even if I take my foot out of the strap and let it dangle.
I am considering getting some of the pedals that I have seen that let you go clipless on one side, or use them as a standard pedal on the other side. Not sure who makes them, but I saw a set on a Trek hybrid at the LBS
04-20-10, 05:34 PM
The pedals your talking about, Shimano makes 2 different types, A530 and M324. I think Performance Bike carries a Forté Campus Pedal which is similar to the M324.
I have the numbness issue also in my right foot, but its 2 middle toes. I ride with SPD pedals, so I am still trying to working on moving the clip around to eliminate the numbness. Once my foot starts to go numb, I take it out and move it around or stop and walk around a bit.
These shoes are older and I was looking them over and noticed that they are size 42 and my clipless shoes are a size 44, so that might be part of the problem. But if that were the entire issue, I would think that it would affect both feet and not just on the right.
I also had noticed it very slightly on a longer ride on a MTB with cross training shoes. But, no back pain or leg pain has been noticed. No pain in the sit bone area either. I have not been riding much yet this year, so it might just be a matter of more time on the bike (I hope). Thanks
I have this problem as well. I tried to get thru it last year but this year I need to fix the issue. It is not the shoe - I do get the numbness when I work out so it is not just on the bike but I do get it more on the bike and it is more uncomfortable on the bike. I had the issue and then got speedplay so clipping in did not help. I am thinking of seeing a Dr but not sure which kind. Maybe I need orthodics. Oh I went to a store - a local shoe store and got inserts that help a bit. I also had my bike guy make adjustments. Any information is helpful
04-26-10, 09:35 PM
This may be a dumb question, but have you clipped your toe nails recently?
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