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2006/07/19 17:27:00 (permalink)
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Cycling and numb toes

As per the title, this happens to me whatever cycle I'm using: regular bike or stationary in the gym. After about 10 mins my toes start to tingle.

The obvious problem here is the seat, which I wil get round to changing on my bike eventually (but I'm never on it for that long anyway) but I was wondering if there may be any other cause should anyone know?
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 17:27:59 (permalink)
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    .... and just pressing submit, I also get this on the cross trainer too, where there obviously is no seat issue
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 18:56:24 (permalink)
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    It's just your toes and not more of your foot that starts to go numb?

    Do you keep it in the same position the entire time?

    Sounds like poor circulation because it's only going back and forth.. and not side to side.. try wiggling them or flexing them here and there.. see if it may help.

    On both machines.. it's like you're basically standing in the same place the entire time.. and you're a little heavier than me so your toes or feet may go a little numb more quickly. Just like they would if you were standing in line for ages and not moving - constant pressure on your feet..

    So if it's mostly your toes then you're probably putting a little more pressure on them than you are your heels.. you can do some kind of heel-to-toe motion to even out the pressure perhaps? And wiggle your toes throughout the workout

    See if that helps.

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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 19:00:17 (permalink)
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    Wriggling toes can ease it a bit on the cross trainer, the bike is the problem, clearly the pressure from sitting is restricting circulation. Other than constantly getting off the saddle I'm stuffed...... just don't want to splash out on a new saddle and not have the problem solved
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 19:00:47 (permalink)
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    Could also be your shoes?

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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 19:02:01 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: dirtyvest

    Wriggling toes can ease it a bit on the cross trainer, the bike is the problem, clearly the pressure from sitting is restricting circulation. Other than constantly getting off the saddle I'm stuffed...... just don't want to splash out on a new saddle and not have the problem solved


    Hmm... I'm no expert with cycling and the seats and so on.. TT is the one to ask for that lol.


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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 19:02:38 (permalink)
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    I had thought that, but it happens in whatever trainers I'm wearing.... which never usually cause a problem
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 19:17:56 (permalink)
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    I think it's the position of your foot tbh.

    Have you tried a narrower positioning of the feet?

    Is your seat positioned too high or too low? Have you tried adjusting it?

    Are you sure your trainers allow your foot to be properly and evenly supported according to its shape? And not too tight at the same time.. Wear thinner socks?

    If not then I've no idea tbh. You can try looking through some cycling websites and see what they advise...?



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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 19:22:16 (permalink)
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    Seat position: slight bend in knee, but cannot touch the bolt upright - is that right, I think so?
    Foot position: dunno how I can chnage that, any wider and I'm off the pedal, any narrower and I'm using the opposite pedal to the leg ditto for the cross trainer as position is dictated for you.
    Shoes: I cannot be 100% certain on but there is no obvious problem that I can tell.

    Cheers tho YIB, but I'm disappointed that you have given up on me so soon
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 20:55:21 (permalink)
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    I get this too on x-trainer and bike after about 7-10 mins. No probs with power walking outside or getting on my road bike for 45 mins.

    I think it's because on the machine you are moving in the same, exact plane over and over and the pressure is all on the same muscle/joint/nerve ending. Whereas even on my 'hard' racing bike with it's tiny saddle and metal soled clippy shoes you move around as the road surface, camber, incline, bends etc.

    My advice?get out in the sun more!
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 22:28:04 (permalink)
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    Lol I'm not giving up. I just have limited knowledge in this section. Throw something at TT to get his attention. I think he can answer properly instead of having me guessing lol.

    All I know is that your toes are going numb because you're somehow squashing the nerves. But I don't know where exactly the problem is lol.

    They don't change colour or anything.. it's just numbness after some time when doing cardio on those machines you specified?

    If it's not the shoes or the positioning, then I would have thought it was the vibrations from riding on the street - I used to get that too. But you're not riding outside!

    Do you have tight toes? And are you sure you have enough space at the front of the shoe? Loose but not too loose tied-up laces?

    There are no straps or anything weird like that holding your feet down, right?

    Have you tried an insole that goes with your foot so that it is supported and pressure spread evenly?
    Have you checked your shoes for any extra material or strange seams that may be bothering you without knowing?

    I don't understand the seat position you described lol.. all I know is that when the pedal is at the bottom position, your knee has to be bent a little.. less than a 45 degree angle.. about half so around 20-25. That way it feels 'natural'.. make sense? Not sure what bolt you're on about.

    I believe the ball of the foot has to be right above the uhm.. the bar thing that holds the pedal

    That's about as far as my knowledge goes - I forgot loads as I don't cycle anymore lol. I'll look at some cycling sites for you. See if they have pictures and instructions for correct positioning.

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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 22:31:48 (permalink)
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    LOL at bolt, I meant I cannot reach the floor if I'm seated upright, dunno where bolt came from, going senile.

    Cheers YIB..... nerve thing sounds likely but I guess without anyone being able to see me then you ar ekind of stuffed
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 22:35:30 (permalink)
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    So film yourself?

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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/19 22:44:59 (permalink)
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    You'll laugh at my stabilisers and handlebar tassles
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/20 05:10:58 (permalink)
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    So all this effort for nothing eh? Ah.. these old men.. can never please them.



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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/20 23:03:54 (permalink)
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    My toes go a lil num sometimes on the cross trainer. Dont know why.... Never happens with anything else I do out of the gym.
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/21 13:40:23 (permalink)
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    Are your trainer 1 full size bigger than your shoe size? I know from running that the foot can swell 1 size during a moderate run.

    Are you sure you are not tieing the laces too tight? It is a fine line between stability and too tight.

    When I was a young boy, my father took me into the city to see a marching band. He said, "Son when you grow up, will you be the saviour of the broken, the beaten and the damned?".
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/07/21 16:05:43 (permalink)
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    I still think its the rigid, repetive motion. My gym trainers are Reeboks which I find always fit like at least 1/2 a size bigger whilst my outdoor cycling shoes are designed to be a snug, tightish fit but I do not get numbness when I cycle outdoors.
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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/08/02 00:47:20 (permalink)
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    okay, this is just my opinion so do not take it as complete medical advice. I think what you might be experiencing is Raynaud's Syndrome. This occurs in extremities and occurs because of an over-active sympathetic drive in the body, which may be brought on when doing exercise (perhaps) or more usually when its cold. Its almost always nothing to worry about as a lot of people experience it, all that happens is the vessels in your limbs vasoconstrict due to sympathetic activity. As far as I know there is no complete cure for it and the condition is usually resolved by heat.

    Again this is only my opinion, if your worried about it please go see a doctor and do not depend on my thoughts!


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    RE: Cycling and numb toes 2006/08/02 02:06:46 (permalink)
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    Mad... do you get it while doing leg workouts?
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