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Big toe goes numb during ride?

Old 05-19-11, 10:29 AM
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Big toe goes numb during ride?

I have a road bike and also had it fitted by a bike shop. I use SPD-SL clips with Shimano RO87 shoes. Every time I ride after about 10 miles my left foot's big toe goes numb, it feels as if its pushing way too much into the sole of my foot, like its clenching. My other foot has no problems at all like this. I have tried using superfeet as well as my orthodic inserts and it doesn't help. Only thing I can think of is my bottom stroke has my heel still above my toes, I don't drive too much through my heel. My left foot has a nice arch and my right foot is flat, yet the right is the one that has no problems...

any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
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Old 05-19-11, 10:44 AM
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Orthotic for cycling, from a doctor

I had a similar problem. I tried lots of remedies (shims, heat molded ortotics, etc.) and nothing worked. I went to my podiatrist and he made me a cycling orthotic. It's a bit different from my walking one and it works very well.
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Old 05-19-11, 10:45 AM
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BTW, if you're in the NYC area my doctor is Rock Positano at the Hospital for Special Surgeries. He's worth the money.
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Old 05-19-11, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by ri_us View Post
I had a similar problem. I tried lots of remedies (shims, heat molded ortotics, etc.) and nothing worked. I went to my podiatrist and he made me a cycling orthotic. It's a bit different from my walking one and it works very well.
Awesome, I'll check that out, thanks!

btw, has anyone had any experience with a burning pain sensation at the sole of the foot? I had a recent soccer injury and that might be more related but it's aggravated by biking. my physio has no clue why.
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Old 05-19-11, 10:58 AM
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i have something similar in my right foot, my middle toe and the one next to my big toe both go numb after about 10 minutes. if i stand up off the saddle for a minute or 2 i get feeling back. i've tried a variety of adjustments and it still goes numb, not sure why because the last couple months i haven't had this issue. i have been having some pain in my right knee (IT band syndrome) so i'm taking a hiatus from the bike until that goes away, then i'm going to work on my flexibility. i'm thinking maybe a nerve is getting pinched or something, i've even changed saddles and still have the numb toes. maybe it has something to do with the knee pain, i guess i'll see when i get back on the bike in a few weeks.
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Old 05-19-11, 11:04 AM
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I had IT band syndrome but from soccer. You just gotta stretch that b* every single day. Have you rolled your IT Band? It helps a ton. Get a roller or a ball and lay on it with the side of your body right on the IT band. Just roll back and forth so the ball or roller literally rolls from your knee to your hip on the IT band, it helps 100 fold.
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Old 05-20-11, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by danotronik View Post
I had IT band syndrome but from soccer. You just gotta stretch that b* every single day. Have you rolled your IT Band? It helps a ton. Get a roller or a ball and lay on it with the side of your body right on the IT band. Just roll back and forth so the ball or roller literally rolls from your knee to your hip on the IT band, it helps 100 fold.
i'm gonna try that, the pain started just above my knee, then creeped down to just below my knee, and now it's aching in my hip a little. when i stretch it feels a little better, but i'm not sure if i should wait for the pain to subside before i start stretching. definitely going to get a foam roll and try that though.
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You might need an other pedal. Or your sole aint stiff enough. Or you wanne go for seamless socks.
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I can get numb toes if I tighten down my straps too tight. When I started out I had a tendency to really crank them down.
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