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post #1 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Feet going numb in stirrups?

Just wondering if anyone else out there has ever had an issue with their feet going numb in the stirrups. I am 26 and have gotten into riding again earlier this year, usually riding 3-4 times a week. At first I thought it was the boots I was wearing, but I've gotten new ones and it hasn't stopped. Usually happens about 30 minutes in and the only thing that helps is getting off the horse. I dont think it effects my riding (but maybe it does), as I can keep my stirrups in place, but it makes dismounting really tricky. I ride english if that matters. I wonder if it is a "heel down" thing, but as I've progressed I've gotten better about correct leg/ foot positioning and it hasnt changed. Has anyone else ever had this problem, and what did they do to correct it?

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 09:01 AM
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Sounds like you're pressing too hard on the ball of your foot. Numbness in your feet is usually caused by doing that.

Do you have constant pressure on your stirrups when you ride? If so, that's probably what's causing the numbness. You don't need to brace in the stirrups; think of them as just a place to lightly rest the ball of your feet.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 09:34 AM
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That's what I'm thinking. Make sure you relax your legs and feet. Hopefully it will get better.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 06:21 PM
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Yea that happens to me sometimes. I found that safty stirrups stopped them from going numb :) pressing on the ball of my foot too hard wasnt the cause for me. I know that because my feet go numb when I ride in banjo's saddle but not when I ride in chucky's saddle. It must just be the shape/size of the saddle/stirrups.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 08:17 PM
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Also, do your boots fit properly?

My feet never go numb, but I do get a bit tired of being in the same position after riding for a few hours. At that point, I take my feet out and do some stretches. Keep in mind, this is trail riding. I have even been known to dismount for my own pleasure, just to stretch out and walk a bit. After about 4 or 5 hours, it's a nice switch.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 08:52 PM
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I started having problems with my right foot/leg going numb after riding for about half hour as well. I think it was caused by bracing against my stirrups as others have said. I notice it only happens when I am a bit nervous, and when I'm nervous I really brace against my stirrups. At first I thought it was my boots also since I had noticed it after I got tall boots.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 11:28 PM
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Could be the fit of your saddle, how you are sitting in your saddle or the stirrups to short. Have someone watch you or video tape you riding to see how you are actually sitting. Also lengthen the stirrups a couple notches to see what that does. If you have a saddle you can borrow, try that to see if it makes a difference.
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-01-2011, 07:59 PM
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Also try compression socks.. sounds like all the blood is rushing to your toes and not circulating properly. I have the same issue.. worth a try
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Try wiggling your toes while you're riding. Military folks do it to keep from fainting when having to stand at attention for long periods.

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post #10 of 12 Old 09-01-2011, 08:44 PM
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Do you have a pinched nerve somewhere in your leg? My legs goes numb if I sit too long, simply due to an old injury to my tailbone. I have a minor pinched nerve and I have to stand up and move around every 20 minutes or so to keep my legs from going numb.
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