Toes Going Numb?

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Toes Going Numb?

Postby stang1 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:30 pm

As above stated, My toes goes NUMB, possibly lack of/constriction of blood flow to my toes after some good KM's. Any thoughts on this? Size 44 LG Shoe. Might it be my thick socks? Opinions handy ! :)
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:39 pm

Thick socks are a big possibility.

As your feet tend to swell a fair bit when riding you may need a size larger if you want thick socks.
For a cheap attempt at a fix, scrunch your toes up and tense your foot as you do the shoes up, once relaxed you'll have a little more room.
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby stang1 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:52 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Thick socks are a big possibility.

As your feet tend to swell a fair bit when riding you may need a size larger if you want thick socks.
For a cheap attempt at a fix, scrunch your toes up and tense your foot as you do the shoes up, once relaxed you'll have a little more room.



Thanks! Will give it a shot tomorrow :wink:
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby flammer » Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:18 pm

When I ended my ride today, I realised that the front half of my foot was numb - with cold. It was 10C before I rode up into the Strathbogies. At Boho Sth it was no more than 5. Add some wind chill and the quick downhills were bracing. :shock:

The the Strathbogie shopkeeper said that it was warmer in the big fridge than outside of it this morning; -3.5!

To add to what Bill said, get out of the seat more often and get the circulation flowing.
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby ValleyForge » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:55 pm

It won't be the socks compressing the circulation (unless you are a bad diabetic). It is more likely to be pressure on the lateral plantar nerve. Ease off the forefoot tension and crank the arch tension in your shoes up correspondingly.

If your toes are blue then it is the cold!
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby stang1 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:59 pm

Been Wriggling them toes throughout the ride. Seems to have worked :wink:
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby fatherofmany » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:40 pm

Have been told this, yet to try it seeing as though I'm resting a broken toe.

use 2 pairs of thin socks, put a small plastic bag over your toes after the first pair and then the second pair goes over the top of that. It's supposed to stop cold air getting to them and create a nice warm environment for them. I'm a bit concerned about slippage myself, but when I'm back on the bike next week I'll give it a shot.
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby ValleyForge » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:07 pm

fatherofmany wrote:Have been told this, yet to try it seeing as though I'm resting a broken toe.

use 2 pairs of thin socks, put a small plastic bag over your toes after the first pair and then the second pair goes over the top of that. It's supposed to stop cold air getting to them and create a nice warm environment for them. I'm a bit concerned about slippage myself, but when I'm back on the bike next week I'll give it a shot.


Heard it too. Normal food bags are better than freezer bags. But not as good as shoe covers.
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby cazlup » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:42 pm

Armidale was -11.4C last week. Seriously cold. I swear by the plastic bag between socks (freezer bags are just fine) and a pair of shoe warmers :D
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby ValleyForge » Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:51 pm

When its a chilly 9 degrees in Brisbane, I guess a wet facecloth would be OK.

-11 degrees, that's unsociable.
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby matth » Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:32 pm

I get numb toes due to the genetics my father granted me (god bless him)... high arches and pronation issues.

I have recently tries these insoles by Sof Soleand so far have found them great. The extra arch support and gel inserts under the normal hot spot have greatly reduced the discomfort. There are different models for differing levels of arch support etc as well.
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby rider » Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:35 pm

I have toe strap on my pedal and i ride in all weather condition. I used to get numb toes and cold feet but since switching to 100% smart wool socks which i bought online, my feet are toasty warm on colder days and never cold or numb. :D
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby Toolish » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:10 pm

Are the shoes new. Have you had this issue before.

When I first went clipless I had this problem for a fair while. But playing around with cleat position helped and then the shoes wearing in over a couple of months helped too.
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Re: Toes Going Numb?

Postby stang1 » Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:35 am

its all good now :) Shoes were old, but i got a new pair :D these babies mould to my feet well and the wide front helped alot. toes weren't as suffocating as before, and had a bike fit that resolved the issue too :)
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