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Numb Feet

Old 07-01-22, 08:08 PM
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Numb Feet

Most of what I read/see on this topic assumes the rider wears shoes that clip in. I wear runners that fit and use platform pedals. For the past few years, my feet get really numb after 4 or 5 kms. If I can coast, stretching my feet out and it will be briefly ok.

I have had this issue through various pedals, seats, and seat height adjustments. I am probably the heaviest rider here, but this didn't happen the first year I went riding.

Anyone have similar experiences?
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Old 07-02-22, 11:46 AM
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I think the numbness is due to the flexibility of the running shoes. When I ride platform pedals I use some bike specific shoes that have a stiff sole, this tends to distribute the pressure across the whole foot not just at the points directly above the pedal
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Originally Posted by cyclist2000
I think the numbness is due to the flexibility of the running shoes. When I ride platform pedals I use some bike specific shoes that have a stiff sole, this tends to distribute the pressure across the whole foot not just at the points directly above the pedal
Thanks, that's an interesting point.
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Old 07-03-22, 03:57 PM
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Could also be foot swelling as you ride. As you get physical your feet will swell just a bit. Most people will do their shoes up snug before they jump on the bike and end up restricting circulation as their feet swell. When in bunches I see people messing with their shoe straps all the time. For me, I would always put my shoes on a little loose and then after 5-10min into the ride tighten my shoes up and I’m good for the whole ride. There’s other potential causes but seems like you’ve cancelled most out with your adjustments. Could also be your shoe stiffness as pointed out but I usually see that give “hot feet” not numbness
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Old 07-03-22, 04:16 PM
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I've get numb and tingly feet. I weigh around 155, ride in bike-specific shoes on platform pedals. Couple of things that have helped me. Be sure my shoes are sized large enough to accommodate some swelling as I ride. Laces are not too tight. Changing the position of my feet on the pedals even a little bit helps. I usually don't have a problem until 15-20 miles. If all else fails, I get off and walk 25-30 yards.
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Old 07-04-22, 10:04 AM
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New Balance had some shoes I used to wear for playing tennis, the 806, that was pretty stiff, compared to running shoes, and are available in a variety of widths. Something like that may be better than running shoes. Some companies make insoles with hard bottoms on them that don't flex this could help as well.
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Old 07-04-22, 10:55 AM
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I get numbness when I ride around in my ratty old Converse Chuck Taylors. In my regular bike shoes (Five Ten Freerider) I do not experience this. I think the recommendation of a stiffer sole might be worth taking.
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A new seat seems to have helped. It's a Brooks B17 Imperial. Not a complete answer, but it's much better.
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Originally Posted by OldBike876
A new seat seems to have helped. It's a Brooks B17 Imperial. Not a complete answer, but it's much better.
I'm glad that you have found something that has helped. I'd be interested to know on how the saddle works out over time. I just ordered a standard B17.
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If you are using toe clips they may be squeezing your feet enough to slow/stop circulation. If using toe clips you may need to remove them and just use platform pedals alone.

I had problems with my feet and found a podiatrist who also specialized with bicycling. He made me some orthotic inserts that helped significantly. Cycling shoes and clipless pedals seemed to help me in the long run.
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Originally Posted by OldBike876
Most of what I read/see on this topic assumes the rider wears shoes that clip in. I wear runners that fit and use platform pedals. For the past few years, my feet get really numb after 4 or 5 kms. If I can coast, stretching my feet out and it will be briefly ok.

I have had this issue through various pedals, seats, and seat height adjustments. I am probably the heaviest rider here, but this didn't happen the first year I went riding.

Anyone have similar experiences?
Foot numbness? I have tried many different shoes and I will without fail get forefoot/toe (bottoms of toes specifically) sort of go numb but not quite as they hurt like all hell. Itís a weird miserable feeling that kinda feels numb but in a hot painful manner which is contradictory. Itís happened clipped in with multiple shoes that donít cause issue walking (mtb style). My new Adidas mtb shoes for platform pedals. And happens far less with adidas sambaís which are super flexy, not stiff at all, on flat pedals. I think it is circulation related and I kinda think how tight the shoe is in the toe box as well as at the ankle influences this greatly. Have you tried easing up on the laces/strap up top? Can your toes wiggle around easily in toe box? I wish I could eliminate this but havenít as of yet. It really sucks and forces a reprieve.
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Old 12-26-22, 07:29 AM
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My feet have been going numb, and Iím starting to think itís the combination of cold and swelling. Because the same shoes/ pedals indoor on the trainer will not go numb for several hours, but then outside in the cold they go numb after a short time. If I take the shoes off the feeling comes back. Looking for some ďwideĒ sized shoes and found Lake brand shoes that are offered in a wide. Might give those a try when I got $300 to spend. Or might try some overshoes and warmer socks to see if that helps at all first.
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Old 12-26-22, 03:50 PM
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Saddle pressure can't cut off blood to the feet.

Generally, feet get numb because your arches collapse from the continuous pressure of pedaling without the break that your feet get when walking. Riding is more like lifting weights while standing.

The solution is generally arch supports. They may not be effective if your shoes are too flexible.
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Old 12-26-22, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Conman_
My feet have been going numb, and Iím starting to think itís the combination of cold and swelling. Because the same shoes/ pedals indoor on the trainer will not go numb for several hours, but then outside in the cold they go numb after a short time. If I take the shoes off the feeling comes back. Looking for some ďwideĒ sized shoes and found Lake brand shoes that are offered in a wide. Might give those a try when I got $300 to spend. Or might try some overshoes and warmer socks to see if that helps at all first.
Pay attention to the Lake fit matrix. It lists all their shoes and what kind of last it has I have seen Lake shoes called "wide" that according to their fit guide were actually not.

https://www.lakecycling.com/pages/fit-matrix
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