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Subject: One foot falling asleep when cycling? Ideas?

When I am cycling, my right foot often falls asleep after a long while. I am already wearing the shoe as "loose" as it can be. I think my right foot may be slightly bigger than my left but I can't justify going up another 1/2 size.

Anyone else? Any ideas?



2009-03-31 8:33 AM
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Subject: RE: One foot falling asleep when cycling? Ideas?
Where does it fall asleep? Whole foot? or where?
2009-03-31 8:39 AM
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Subject: RE: One foot falling asleep when cycling? Ideas?

Check your cleat adjustment. You may be getting pressure in the wrong part of the foot or the foot is not aligned properly.

2009-03-31 8:41 AM
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This happens to my right foot when I ride with thick wool socks (too tight for the shoes), but I gather this isn't your problem....

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2009-03-31 8:44 AM
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KathyG - 2009-03-31 9:33 AM Where does it fall asleep? Whole foot? or where?
It feels like pretty much my whole foot, but especially the toes.

I did get a cleat fitting when I got the shoes last year but I could go back to the LBS and see what they say.

2009-03-31 8:57 AM
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Subject: RE: One foot falling asleep when cycling? Ideas?
merlin2375 - 2009-03-31 9:44 AM

KathyG - 2009-03-31 9:33 AM Where does it fall asleep? Whole foot? or where?
It feels like pretty much my whole foot, but especially the toes.

I did get a cleat fitting when I got the shoes last year but I could go back to the LBS and see what they say.

I get the balls of my feet and toes can fall asleep when it is hot and I ride 4+ hours.

My bike fit guy said it was probably from my metatarsals being constricted. He suggested getting metatarsal pads or shoe inserts. I ended up with Specialized bike shoe inserts that have built in metatarsal buttons to keep them from being constricted.

Some have said it can be actually from to big of shoes. I wear men's wide shoes...so not sure that is my issue.



2009-03-31 11:23 AM
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Thanks Kathy, I'll look into the insoles idea as well as go back to the LBS that did the cleat fitting.

I am confident my shoes aren't too big but we'll see.

2009-03-31 11:28 AM
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Subject: RE: One foot falling asleep when cycling? Ideas?
merlin2375 - 2009-03-31 8:26 AM

When I am cycling, my right foot often falls asleep after a long while. I am already wearing the shoe as "loose" as it can be. I think my right foot may be slightly bigger than my left but I can't justify going up another 1/2 size.

Anyone else? Any ideas?

I have the same thing happen.  I think this can be caused by sitting on/pinching the nerves which run down to your feet.  What i will do is pedal standing up for awhile and it seems to help out somewhat.  Hope this helps.

2009-03-31 12:12 PM
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Subject: RE: One foot falling asleep when cycling? Ideas?
GRB1 - 2009-03-31 9:28 AM
merlin2375 - 2009-03-31 8:26 AM

When I am cycling, my right foot often falls asleep after a long while. I am already wearing the shoe as "loose" as it can be. I think my right foot may be slightly bigger than my left but I can't justify going up another 1/2 size.

Anyone else? Any ideas?

I have the same thing happen. I think this can be caused by sitting on/pinching the nerves which run down to your feet. What i will do is pedal standing up for awhile and it seems to help out somewhat. Hope this helps.

Same here. I notice it occasionally if I "zone out" on the bike and sit in the same position for a long time.

Check your bike fit, if your saddle height is off you could be putting pressure in weird areas.

John 

2009-03-31 1:25 PM
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Subject: RE: One foot falling asleep when cycling? Ideas?

Thanks, I'll hope out of the saddle/shift my position to see if that helps.

I can check my bike fit but I feel like my saddle height is correct. It's odd that it's happening on one side only. Any ideas on how to stretch out a shoe that's a bit too tight.

2009-03-31 1:28 PM
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Subject: RE: One foot falling asleep when cycling? Ideas?
I found it to be my shoes.  my right foot would totally fall asleep after 10-15 miles.  I loosened the straps a little and they are fine now.  I think maybe your feet swell a little and after a while that causes the shoe to fit differently.


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Subject: RE: One foot falling asleep when cycling? Ideas?

Could be that your shoes are too tight or that your cleat/seat position is slightly off.  Mine turned out to be over-tightening my shoes and my feet would swell a little while I was riding and then go numb.

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