Pins and Needles

WillG
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Pins and Needles

Postby WillG » 30 Apr 2018, 12:47pm

I have recently started getting pins and needles and a slight numbness in my left foot when road cycling. I have had the same set up on my road bike for 2 years with no issues. I have checked my shoes and they are still in good condition.

Is it just old age or can anyone think of any other reason?

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Re: Pins and Needles

Postby Vorpal » 30 Apr 2018, 1:12pm

Is it only in your foot?

It might that you are doing something to your sciatic nerve. The most likely culprit is saddle position. The best thing to do is post videos on here of you riding your bike, or pictures, if you can't do video.

Otherwise, you can try 531Colin's guide to bike fitting http://wheel-easy.org.uk/uploads/docume ... 02017a.pdf

If you want something to try quickly, to see if it helps, lower your saddle; not so far that you are eating your knees, but enough to make a significant difference (2 or 3 cms?). If you want to, you can mark the seat pin, so you can easily restore it to the starting height.

It could also be a variant on 'hot foot'? We've had a couple of threads on here about that. Here's one
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=120270&p=1228449
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Re: Pins and Needles

Postby WillG » 30 Apr 2018, 3:16pm

Yes its only in my foot! I have had cause to wear two pairs of socks recently due to the weather and I have been feeling tight around my lower back recently. Maybe a sports massage may help and of course more stretching.

It would be a surprise if it was my saddle height as it has been in the same position for two years with no adverse affect. However I agree that it is potentially the problem!!

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Re: Pins and Needles

Postby Vorpal » 30 Apr 2018, 4:49pm

WillG wrote:Yes its only in my foot! I have had cause to wear two pairs of socks recently due to the weather and I have been feeling tight around my lower back recently. Maybe a sports massage may help and of course more stretching.

It would be a surprise if it was my saddle height as it has been in the same position for two years with no adverse affect. However I agree that it is potentially the problem!!

Many people ride for years in reasonable comfort with an incorrect position, or the saddle too high.
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Re: Pins and Needles

Postby Paulatic » 30 Apr 2018, 5:02pm

I think you might have hit on the cause....double socks. Foot too tight in shoe maybe.
I had a similar problem earlier this year could’ve been caused by winter socks or a shift to Shimano pedals. Either way I’ve switched to flat pedals and sensible shoes and all my problems have drifted away.
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