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  • Losing feeling in ankle/foot when riding?

    I typically ride in jeans and half-chaps (Ariat all-arounds I believe, the suede ones), and whenever I finish a ride and take my feet out of the stirrups to relax my lower leg/ankle/foot is extremely uncomfortable, borderline painful.

    I am riding very sporadically these days as I finish up my undergrad and chalked it up to being out of shape, but I'm wondering now if my dang half-chap/jean combination is just too tight! I'll admit, my half-chaps were purchased during my junior/pre-college days... they aren't the easiest to zip, but they are nowhere near impossible.

    Hoping this is a simple clothing issue; has anyone had this problem?

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    That happens to a friend of mine. She bought a pair of those wide stirrup irons -- the base is like 4" wide? like double the average. She said it helped tremendously and her toes dont fall asleep anymore when she rides for longer than 20 minutes
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    • #3
      It happens to me all the time. Except it just makes some of my toes go numb. It doesn't seem to matter what sort of riding attire I have on, either. I have ridden off and on for the last 8 years of college and law school, but am currently very out of shape. I now ride about 3-5x per week. I'm thinking about getting some of those flex irons and see if that doesn't make a difference.

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      • #4
        try riding in breeches to see if it helps...I have had this issue off and on and found it was generally caused by bracing against the stirrups when I hadn't been riding much. Also, one set of irons really did a number on me that had raised pads (they were slightly rounded like little half circles instead of being flush with the iron if that makes sense). When I switched to my current irons with the cheesegrater pads, I haven't had any issues since.

        Also, during walk/rest breaks in general I usually always try to stretch a little in the saddle and do some ankle rolls...body is getting older and flexibility just ain't what it used to be!

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        • #5
          Does your leg go numb any other time? Like sitting cross legged, legs streched out in front, riding in the car for long time periods? I thin any type of numbness/pain is worth getting checked out, possible you pinched a nerve at some point.

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          • #6
            That happened to me and now I use the HS Bow Balance flex irons...they made a huge difference and my feet don't fall asleep anymore.

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            • #7
              I used to have the top of my foot/some toes/etc. go numb when I rode for more than 20 minutes or so. I can't guarantee this will work for you (since I don't know what caused mine, much less what is causing yours), but my BF's mom got me a pair of flex irons for X-mas last year... It hasn't happened to me since.
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              • #8
                I have the same issue and the problem is better with flex irons, but not completely eliminated. I have nerve/vein damage in the backs of my knees from breaking in tall boots several years ago. That certainly doesn't help.

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                  #9
                  I've actually been riding in flex irons for a couple of years now, forgot to mention that. Since they aren't providing much relief, I think I need to move on to riding attire.

                  I don't have this problem outside of riding, so I'm going to wait on pursuing anything with a doctor, but I really appreciate the help everyone!

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                  • #10
                    Try riding in boots with a wider toe box (the front part of the foot part of the boot, where your toes are). What is likely happening is the flexion of your ankle (if you keep your heels down in the stirrups ) causes an extension of your lateral dorsal cutaneous nerve, which with a too-small boot, restricts and pressures the dorsal cutaneous nerves in your feet. Alternately, a more flexible stirrup could provide more flexibility in your ankle extension and/or a wide stirrup pad itself less pressure on the side of your foot (same nerve affected).

                    I had the same problem a few years ago following a (then healed) broken ankle injury. A very pricy orthopedic specialist (diagnosis), new stirrups, and new boots solved the problem

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                      Originally posted by Winston the Corgi View Post
                      Try riding in boots with a wider toe box (the front part of the foot part of the boot, where your toes are). What is likely happening is the flexion of your ankle (if you keep your heels down in the stirrups ) causes an extension of your lateral dorsal cutaneous nerve, which with a too-small boot, restricts and pressures the dorsal cutaneous nerves in your feet. Alternately, a more flexible stirrup could provide more flexibility in your ankle extension and/or a wide stirrup pad itself less pressure on the side of your foot (same nerve affected).

                      I had the same problem a few years ago following a (then healed) broken ankle injury. A very pricy orthopedic specialist (diagnosis), new stirrups, and new boots solved the problem
                      This is really interesting, because I have very wide feet and at this point I've resolved that many shoes won't fit properly I will just "deal" with the irritation.

                      Any suggestions of paddock boots for people with wide feet?

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                      • #12
                        Any suggestions of paddock boots for people with wide feet?
                        Yes! Ariat Round Toe Paddocks!

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                        • #13
                          You could also try loosening your paddock boot laces. When I get over zealous during lacing, or if I buckle my spurs too tightly, I am guaranteed to have my feet go to sleep while riding.

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                          • #14
                            That happens to me if I ride more than 3 or 4 horses in a day. Usually a couple toes go numb but for some reason at one point in my riding I actually lost feeling in the tops of my feet for 3 months (numbness all the time, not just while riding). Mine is due to poor blood circulation (hereditary) so I just have to be careful that nothing is too tight but even then I will always have some numbness/tingling. Try wider foot bed in the stirrups and some kind of insole insert in your boots (like dr scholls)- this will greatly relieve pressure if that is your problem. I now ride with HS irons with one of those wrap around stirrup pads (love those!) and that usually does the trick unless I am in the saddle all day (like at shows).

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                            • #15
                              I used to go numb when wearing either boots or one particular pair of half chaps that were, simply, too tight in the leg. Having a roomier toe box also helps.

                              Originally posted by jackandlily View Post
                              Any suggestions of paddock boots for people with wide feet?
                              Blundstones.

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                              • #16
                                You might try going to a massage therapist or a chiropractor if changing what you are wearing doesn't work.

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                                • #17
                                  I run as well as ride and have this happen with my running shoes also. I've chalked it up to too thick socks and tight laces. Playing with the combination has helped. Occasionaly after a long ride or intense jump lesson (I brace in my stirrups) I'll be a little pins and needles. All good suggestions above. I'm sure you'll figure it out. Good luck!

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                                  • #18
                                    You might try Ariat Hanover paddock boots. The rep told me the heel area is a B width but the toe section is a C width so wider in the toe area. Has helped me a lot as my feet used to go numb. Also helps to not lace up too tightly.

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                                    • #19
                                      This happened to me and my dr. said it is a shin splint. I have been wrapping my ankle when I ride or do any physical activity. So far very little improvement, but he said it could take six months to a year to heal. I am going for a 2nd opinon later this month.

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