I previously posted about getting numb feet with my previous bent, which had the pedals higher than the seat. After trying all the sugestions of the helpful people here, I still ended up with numb feet. So I changed my bent...
I now ride a RANS Rocket, fitted with an old pair of Shimano PD-515 single sided clipless pedals. I use a pair of Peal Izumi shoes (the widest I could find to fit my odd feet) with a pair of custom made orthotic insoles. The cleats are as far back as possible and the shoe fastened as loose as possible. This has got rid the numbness caused by circulation and possible nerve pinching.
However, I am still having a problem with numb feet. I went for a 50km ride today which included a couple of small (but steepish) hills and a strong headwind for about half the ride. I spent a fair bit of time spinning in the middle ring and middle gears. I know I was being naughty and pushing too big a gear for parts of my ride as my knees are a bit sore. I did end up with numb feet caused solely by the pressure of the cleats pressing on one part of my foot.
My question is what clipless pedals have a wider platform or surface area that will spread the pressure over a wider area than the narrow SPDs? Do I have to go to platforms & toe clips?
I have attached a couple of pics of my shoes showing the cleat position and what particular model they are (I can't remember).