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    06-29-2012, 10:17 AM
Question feet going numb while riding

I have fibromyalgia which greatly affects my hips and legs. I find my feet going numb when I ride. I ride in an English saddle for flat work and I have an Aussie saddle with the wide endurance stirrups for trails. The numbness starts on the outside of my feet and goes about 1/2 way across (from my pinkie toe to about the middle toe). I have tried different stirrup lengths. Anybody else experience this and have any suggestions?
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    06-29-2012, 10:21 AM
Do you get the numbness when you ride in both saddles, or just one?
    06-29-2012, 11:14 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Do you get the numbness when you ride in both saddles, or just one?
both saddles are pretty much equal
    06-29-2012, 11:17 AM
How hard are you pressing down on the balls of your feet? If you're using constant pressure, that could cause the numbness. The idea is to drop your weight into your heels, not press on the stirrup with the ball of your foot.

For your English saddle you might try switching to jointed stirrups, if you're still using hard irons. I found those made all the difference in the world with ankle, knee, and hip pain.
    06-29-2012, 11:32 AM
Is it only your feet or your entire leg?

Have you tried compression socks?
    06-29-2012, 04:06 PM
I am pretty sure my english stirrups are jointed. I have not tried the compression socks, might try that. It is just the feet that go numb, not so much the legs........
    06-29-2012, 04:54 PM
My feet go numb when I ride now. They never used to, but I've put on weight so I wonder if its related to that. I often have to shift my hips in the saddle to make the numbness go away.
    06-30-2012, 01:30 AM
Maybe your boots are too tight?
    06-30-2012, 01:37 AM
Is you pinky toe being crushed up on the side of your stirrup or your boot perhaps? I know my pinky toe will start going numb and move across my toes if my shoe is too tight.
    06-30-2012, 06:31 AM
My left foot goes numb in my hunt saddle but not my western one. The numbness comes from back surgery on a blown out disc.I limit my time in the hunt saddle-just enough time to get the schooling job done. I can ride all day in western one. It has a lot to do with cramped up leg position and constant forward incline in hunt saddle.in western the body is upright and open, more natural. In my case the numbness is coming from lower back.my surgeon said from there the nerves go to a hundred different places in one or both legs.
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