Numbness in toes

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  1. rclouviere

    rclouviere New Member

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    I’ve recently switched shoes due to the previous ones being damage in a crash. After about an hour, i have numbness in my big toes, sometimes including Somme of the other toes. If i get off the bike for a bit, it goes away, Bur, it comes back during the ride. Afterward, there’s no issues.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    Usually this is caused because you are tightening the top-most straps but not the lowermost. This allows your feet to slip fore and aft and pinch your toes in the tapered part of the toe. Usually you tighten the fore and middle strap MODERATELY and the aft strap only tight enough to keep your heel from moving up and down.
     
  3. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

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    Well not only the strap tightening thing could be the issue, so try that and see if it cures the issue, if not then it may be you got the wrong size shoe, too small will jam your toes (especially the larger ones) into the front of the shoe and pinch the nerve which in time numbs the toes; too large can make your feet move to much and slide forward in the shoe and again pinching the nerve.

    Cleat positioning could be off, make sure the cleats are in a position that allows middle of the pedal to be in alignment with the ball of your foot, you can figure this out easy enough by being in the shoe and feel for that bony protrusion of the metatarsals and place a tape where you feel it, next put the shoe into the pedal and see if the tape is in alignment with the pedal spindle. If that placement doesn't work and your toes still get numb then try moving your cleats towards the heel of the shoe and see if that works.

    There are other things you can do to like getting a pro fit, getting orthotics, changing pedals etc, but since you didn't have this issue before I doubt seriously anything physically has changed so those more expensive things to do is probably unnecessary.
     
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