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Numb Left Toes - New & Old Shoes - Any Ideas? Metatarsal Issues.

Old 08-16-15, 11:38 AM
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Numb Left Toes - New & Old Shoes - Any Ideas? Metatarsal Issues.

I've been wearing a 41 size pair of Cannondale by Diadora shoes. My left foot would tingle and go numb (the toes) around the 35-40 mile mark. I'd loosen and tighten and that would help a little. These shoes fit TIGHT by the way.

I've upgraded to 41 lake cx236 carbon shoes. These have far more room in the toe box. Went on a 15 miler. I didnt even notice my right foot. About 5 miles in my left foot started to tingle and go numb.

W T F!!! So frustrating. I have the cleat as far down as possible. Not sure what to do. I do have metatarsalagia or mortons neuroma on my left foot. It flares up few times a year. Could be an issue.

Anyone know good insoles for this? Or other options? I'm planning to get fitted. It's a year old bike and new shoes. I could have things out of alignment.
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Shoe repair shop may stretch the width a bit, they have the tools.

maybe your feet lose blood circulation because they are too tight. and nerves are pinched.

my most comfortable shoes fit loosely , they can do so because I'm Using toe clip/strap pedals .

so at stops, the shoe slips out of the pedal, rather than my foot coming out of the shoe.

And, shoe sizes and their relative fits are not standardized

like the precise Meter stick, at the French Bureau of Standards

so maybe your Chinese Lake 41 is smaller than the Italian Diadora 41.


I have Birkenstock cork composite 3/4 length insoles in many of my shoes.

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google "metatarsal pads morton's neuroma"
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I've been wearing a 41 size pair of Cannondale by Diadora shoes. My left foot would tingle and go numb (the toes) around the 35-40 mile mark. I'd loosen and tighten and that would help a little. These shoes fit TIGHT by the way.

I've upgraded to 41 lake cx236 carbon shoes. These have far more room in the toe box. Went on a 15 miler. I didnt even notice my right foot. About 5 miles in my left foot started to tingle and go numb.

W T F!!! So frustrating. I have the cleat as far down as possible. Not sure what to do. I do have metatarsalagia or mortons neuroma on my left foot. It flares up few times a year. Could be an issue.
Thicker socks usually avoid that problem in my right foot which has been off since I broke that tibia, broke that fibula, and stretched a leg nerve in 2007.

With thinner socks (like NLZ) I have problems within 10-20 miles.

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Giro and Specialized make cycling insoles that have metatarsal pads. I've also had good luck with these in my walking shoes, from Spenco. https://www.spenco.com/product.aspx?prodid=115. They're low volume, so they should work well in cycling shoes.

It's been a couple decades since I've worn Diadora shoes. I think they were snug in the forefoot, even snugger than the Sidis I'd just retired. If you're looking for a wider forefoot and taller toebox, check out Shimano's road shoes built on their Dynalast.

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It's probably not the shoes. Most likely you have a pinched nerve, probably nowhere near your foot... like between your shoulder blades. I get a similar symptom, but at about the 3-hour mark my left hand will start to tingle and go numb, starting with the pinkie. It's a nerve thing... shoes won't fix it. You're welcome.
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