Question: I suffer from numb toes when I ride and so far I have not found a solution to this.
G8 Solution: Big toe numbness is predominantly caused with a collapsing of the met heads (either naturally or in combination of strapped down shoes) constricting the main blood supply which runs down between your first and second toes.
Our solution (which has been pretty successful) is the ARCHTECH 2600 Pro which has a very small intentional met pad. It’s aim is to gently spread the met heads, nothing more. Now combine that with a lifting of the metatarsal bones (and essentially heads as well) gently from behind which increases blood flow both at rest and under load.
Any numbness or pain on the outside of the foot (3rd, 4th or 5th toes or outside of foot) indicates the arch piece of the ARCHTECH 2600 PRO is too high relative to the strength of the foot. The foot inside the shoe is supposed to pronate and focus the force out of the 1st and 2nd metatarsal heads (hence why they are larger). This is generally where your cleat is as well.
If the arch is too high and the foot is not strong enough you will not be able to roll your foot over the arch and project the force out of the 1st and 2nd met heads.
G8 insoles are not intended as ‘supports’ they are complimenting the natural movement of the foot in order to help the foot flex, splay and focus the force out the 1st and 2nd metatarsal heads.
Over time your foot will get stronger which will allow you to go up a height in arch but only as far as your anatomy allows. Combine this with underside foot strengthening exercises and you should have greater increases in force production.
As your foot changes your sensory perception of what your feet will also adjust as nerve endings are awakened with the increased movement and blood flow. Allow about 6 months for this to be fully accomplished.