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post #1 of 13 Old 06-06-2010, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Little toes falling asleep while riding

I have MDC Ultimate stirrup irons for my bad knees but have found lately that my little toes on both feet are starting to fall asleep while riding (walk/trot mostly). I use them at 90 degrees (offset) all the time.



Not riding more then 45 mins at a time (typically 20 mins). I'm also a fair beginner with less then perfect riding position, not a great seat, out of shape and overweight. I can post nicely tho :)

My stirrups are at least 5 yrs old but have maybe 6 months of riding actually on them as I took at 5 year hiatus from riding.

I'm wondering if I should try something different - maybe just an offset, no jointed or perhaps another brand like Herm Sprenger's 4F system which has the same features as the MDC.

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-06-2010, 08:21 PM
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It's hard to say without seeing a picture (or video) of you riding but most of the time when your little toe falls asleep it's because you are rolling your ankle inward. (this is somewhat common) Technically you should have more weight on the big toe side of your foot so your pinky toe is up higher then your big toe. Jointed stirrups may help your knees, but won't do anything for your toes unless you fix your ankles.
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-06-2010, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Oh... well I'm definitely pulling my toes to point inward to the horse's flanks so they won't stick out and are perpendicular... should I not be doing that?
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Mine used to do that when I carried too much of my weight on my feet. Since I started riding with all my weight on my butt and thighs, I don't have a problem with my toes falling asleep anymore.

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No, it's good to point your toes forward. I'm wondering if in an attempt to point your toes forward your rolling your ankle under, (putting more weight on the outside half of your foot instead of inside) does that make sense? Keep your toes forward, but lift the outside of your foot. It will feel funny at first, esp if you have stiff ankles (like me). You may have to practice a lot at the 2 point to stretch out your ankles a little. Be careful you aren't shoving your heels down as hard as you can, relax your ankle and just drop them down with your weight.
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post #6 of 13 Old 06-06-2010, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks. It could be too much weight as smrobs suggested as well. I'm working on my fitness so hopefully it will improve soon.
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So I paid attention while I was riding today and there's really no way I can keep the weight on my inner foot then my outer foot without turning out my toes. The only way I can think to do what you suggest is to shorten my stirrups, but I think they are already at the appropriate length (riding dressage).
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post #8 of 13 Old 06-07-2010, 09:44 PM
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it could also be the boots I have a friend who has kind of narrow toed boots and she has really wide feet and the poots squeeze her toes and sometimes they either get sore or fall asleep.
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-07-2010, 10:19 PM
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This happens to me also, but just on my left foot. It never used to happen before.
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-07-2010, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah it's mostly just the left, but sometimes the right. The left is every time I ride now. I don't think it's my paddock boots squishing - they are quite comfortable and this time of year I'm not even riding with thick socks like I do in the winter.
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