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Shoes too tight/tingling numbness in toes. How long does it last?

Old 04-23-08, 02:27 PM
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Shoes too tight/tingling numbness in toes. How long does it last?

So I did a 50 mile ride Saturday with new Specialized soles and toe inserts that were supposed to be a better fit for my foot. I've never had toe numbness but I did for this ride. For one I now know that I should have loosened the strap on the front of the shoes......they felt really tight the whole ride.

But now it's Wednesday and I still feel some numbness and tingling throughout the day. Is it common to still feel residual tingling after 4 days? Don't want to be paranoid about it but I also don't want to wait to long if I have to go see a podiatrist or something
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Originally Posted by kuwahara View Post
Is it common to still feel residual tingling after 4 days?
i'd say no, not normal. but (i'd) just let it wear off, i mean what could a doc really do about it? (besides tell you to stay off the bike, screw that!)

i've cut off a few cm of length in the toe on new inserts. try cutting the toe-ends a bit to give you more room, or go back to your old inserts. if they weren't causing you issues then they sound better than the new ones.
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No, your shoes are too tight. Loosen the straps completely, put your feet in, and ball your toes up into fists. Pull the straps so they just BARELY have any tension on them at all -- you should not be able to feel any difference with your balled-up-toe-foot. Now, never, ever, for any reason, adjust the lower straps again. Hands off.
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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
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i've cut off a few cm of length in the toe on new inserts. try cutting the toe-ends a bit to give you more room, or go back to your old inserts. if they weren't causing you issues then they sound better than the new ones.
except if I cut them off they probably wont take them back.....I'll just put the old ones back on.....never had any problems before. thanks
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No, your shoes are too tight. Loosen the straps completely, put your feet in, and ball your toes up into fists. Pull the straps so they just BARELY have any tension on them at all -- you should not be able to feel any difference with your balled-up-toe-foot. Now, never, ever, for any reason, adjust the lower straps again. Hands off.
Never?

So let me ask this....if I wear a size 12 regular shoe.....should my cycling shoe be at least a 13? So I can make the extra room to be able to do the balled up toe foot? Cause they do feel snug when I put them on....even with the old sole.
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Originally Posted by kuwahara View Post
except if I cut them off they probably wont take them back.....I'll just put the old ones back on.....never had any problems before. thanks
Where did you buy them? I'm mostly a runner (with a cycling problem)- I buy inserts for my running shoes at a running store (also happen to be the same inserts I use for my ski racing boots, and probably cycling shoes I imagine, if I needed any)-- and they guarantee their products for return, used or not.
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Never?

So let me ask this....if I wear a size 12 regular shoe.....should my cycling shoe be at least a 13? So I can make the extra room to be able to do the balled up toe foot? Cause they do feel snug when I put them on....even with the old sole.
It depends on what you mean by snug. It should feel normal. You don't want it so loose that your toes bounce around on bumps. You just don't want any pressure on the upper. I wear an 11.5 running shoe, and my Sidis are 45.5s, if that's any help.

You don't want the shoes any tighter than necessary to keep your feet from moving around in them. As you ride, your feet swell, so either start with them loose, or loosen them as they get tighter.
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Typically, I buy one shoe size higher in cycling shoes as feet can/will swell. Other cyclists
as well as my LBS have recommended this to me on each new cycling shoe purchase.
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Where did you buy them? I'm mostly a runner (with a cycling problem)- I buy inserts for my running shoes at a running store (also happen to be the same inserts I use for my ski racing boots, and probably cycling shoes I imagine, if I needed any)-- and they guarantee their products for return, used or not.
at a bike shop....I'll have to call and find out
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
It depends on what you mean by snug. It should feel normal. You don't want it so loose that your toes bounce around on bumps. You just don't want any pressure on the upper. I wear an 11.5 running shoe, and my Sidis are 45.5s, if that's any help.

You don't want the shoes any tighter than necessary to keep your feet from moving around in them. As you ride, your feet swell, so either start with them loose, or loosen them as they get tighter.
Yeah now that I think about it I always strap down hard on my cycling shoes.....darn
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Originally Posted by bike_boy View Post
Typically, I buy one shoe size higher in cycling shoes as feet can/will swell. Other cyclists
as well as my LBS have recommended this to me on each new cycling shoe purchase.
Yeah I'm thinking its time for a new pair ....this cycling thing gets expensive
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Maybe your shoes are too narrow?

Did you check your foot width and compare it to the shoe width?

I have wide feet and if I wear regular shoes that are the right length
I get a condition similar to what you discribed.
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Originally Posted by RichinPeoria View Post
Maybe your shoes are too narrow?

Did you check your foot width and compare it to the shoe width?

I have wide feet and if I wear regular shoes that are the right length
I get a condition similar to what you discribed.
Yeah they are pretty narrow.

I just took of my socks and notice that there is slight inflamation below the toe nail on the knuckle.

I'm pretty sure I injured it during the ride with my tight arse shoes ...probably strained it and now will have to be off of it for a while. I'll give it another day then I'll go see a foot specialist.
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