Toe pain that arises after cycling might be an indication of an injury. There are instances in which the soreness in the toes might be caused by using the wrong type of equipment.
Assessing the type of pain can help in determining the source. If the individual experiences any lingering or piercing discomfort in the toes, a doctor should be consulted.
If there is dull toe pain in the toes and feeling of pressure against them during or after cycling, the shoes worn might be too tight. Since cycling shoes rarely stretch and the foot swells during activity, a shoe that feels comfortable when trying out in a store or before riding out can become too tight during one.
For the best fit, it is recommended to try on cycling shoes late in the afternoon when the feet are at their largest. Make sure that the shoes must have a glove-like feel on the middle sole and heel, but the individual should be able to wriggle the toes. The extra space ensures ample space for the toes as the feet warms up.
Oftentimes, during extended rides, the feet feels as if it is burning. It usually starts in the ball of the foot and radiates into the toes. The condition is caused by excess pressure on the foot nerves.
This pressure might come from constricted footwear, small pedals or flexible soles. In case the shoes properly fit, try to loosen the straps to relieve some of the pressure. During long rides, select cycling shoes that have a rigid base to distribute the pressure or insert specialized orthotics to disperse the pressure. In case the pain persists, it is best to consider using larger pedals to lessen the pressure.
Chronic or sharp toe pain
If there is chronic pain or sharp discomfort localized around the big toe, it is an indication of metatarsalgia. If an individual has this condition, the individual feels toe pain not only during cycling but when pressure is applied on the foot. In most cases, the pain is worsened when flexing the toes.
Needles and pins sensation
There is also numbness in the toes after a ride. Once the shoes are taken off, a pins and needles sensation can be felt radiating from the toes which is an indication that the shoes are too tight.