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?
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.
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. Posted via Mobile Device