Foot circulation issues
I was hoping you guys could help me. I got a recumbent exercise bike and I noticed that my both of my feet start to get a little tingly followed by some numbness after a bit. It has to be circulation since I just get up, walk around a little, and the feet start to feel normal again. In my regular riding, I do have a slight neuroma on my left foot around where I clip in (it starts getting numb after 8-10 miles). I've tried different footbeds, a pad under the metatarsal and that helps a little. On the exercise bike the whole front of the feet from the ball to the toes gets numb (not just a point like the neuroma). Do you think these issues are related? Is this something worth seeing a podiatrist for? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
i don't know much about recumbents but where are your feet in relation to your heart when pedaling? are your shoes too tight?
The different foot beds that you have tried, are they soft or hard?
If you have only tried soft/gel, then you owe it to your wallet to try a firm/hard insole as your foot may require proper support which can only be provided by a firm insole.
Something like Superfeet is a good example.
If you decide to go this way, find a store in your area and ensure that you get properly fit (heel width) then go from there. They are certainly less expensive than some custom orthotics, which is another option.
Without question visiting the foot doctor to get properly diagnosed and treated would be the best choice all things being equal.
It is usually just that your shoes are too tight. Your ankles and feet swell after you get really warmed up.
You can get tingly in that part of your foot when your shoes are too tight at the ankle, or across the top, and/or sides of the foot. I'd try loosening your shoes first. If that does not work, then I'd try riding with regular platform pedals and comfortable sneakers, to see if your feet go numb then as well. You could do this at the gym, as a test.
If these simple, fast, and cheap things don't help, then it would be worth it to go to your doctor sooner rather than later. You don't want riding your bike to feel like torture.
" Is this something worth seeing a podiatrist for?" YES!!
Originally Posted by hajime
In spite of well meaning advice a trip to your family doctor is a must since foot/leg circulation issues are NOT something to guess at or mess with.
Loosening the shoes helped a lot. But things still go numb, just later. I need to find a good doctor. I've been to two podiatrists before and they just try to fit an orthotic (which is expensive and has never done much). Thanks to everybody for the help. I'll have to figure this out with a good doctor.
Try Specialized Body Geometry footbeds. They are firm and there are three types depending on your arches. (Probably similar to Superfeet mentioned above, but I haven't tried those.) They have helped reduce my tingly hotfoot a LOT.