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Old 06-03-09, 10:40 AM   #1
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Pain in the Foot?!?!

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In the past week I've been having trouble with soreness/pain in my left foot after I get through with a ride. The soreness is on the outside part of my left foot. I'm not having any problems with my right foot. Within the past week I've bumped up my mileage to around 22 miles every other day. On the in between days I just do 12-15 miles(with a rest day thrown in every now and then). Before the increase in mileage I only did about 10-15 miles a day. I'm using clipless pedals on a Scott S50 speedster and have been using clipless since the end of last summer with no problems. I've been on the Scott S50 for about 2 months now. I don't know if it's something I'm doing in my pedal stroke or what? I try to keep my cadence between 70-90. Anybody got any recommendations/thoughts/ideas for me?

Oh and btw...(just to brag on myself) I started this cycling adventure of mine last summer when I weighed 390 pounds and this morning I am down to 298. I wish I could chalk all the weight loss up to just the cycling but the lap band procedure I had last June has also helped

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What kind of pedal/shoe combination are you using? That info might help quite a bit.
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OK, with the Keo's, if you're getting pain in one foot only, it's likely a cleat adjustment issue. Try sliding that cleat a tad bit toward the crank This will give you a little less stress on the outside of your foot because your Q will be wider), say about 1 or 2 mm at a time and see if the pain abates. Is it a deep hurt, or surface? If surface, it may be a spot in the shoe causing irritation. If deep, the other alternative possible cause of the pain is a microfracture in one of your metatarsals.
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I'll give the cleat adjustment a shot and see if that fixes the problem. The pain is not severe by any means and it only lasts for a few hours after the ride. I've already checked to see if it might have been a spot in the shoe causing the problem but everything looked fine. Maybe I just need to htfu... idk. Nevertheless, thanks for your advice!
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I'll give the cleat adjustment a shot and see if that fixes the problem. The pain is not severe by any means and it only lasts for a few hours after the ride. I've already checked to see if it might have been a spot in the shoe causing the problem but everything looked fine. Maybe I just need to htfu... idk. Nevertheless, thanks for your advice!
I have been plagued for years with a "hot spot" problem. Always the left foot. It is due to many problems. The cleat placement one. Also the type of pedal. I used Speedplay. The small platform added to the problem. I moved to a bigger platform and the problem is better but far from gone. Also, if your shoe is too tight you can have problem. By adjusting the strap looser on my left foot, the problem is resolved somewhat. Good insoles may also help.

Usually my problem starts to show up after I've ridden 25 miles (I can almost use it as a mileage indicator). The best solution is to stop, massage the foot, and then get going. Also if you always unclip with your right foot (like I do) try switching to the left, giving it a break from being in the cleat.
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Well, it looks like the cleat adjustment did it. Before my ride yesterday I inspected my left cleat vs. the right cleat and there was a slight difference so I tried to mirror the right cleat as best I could and after my 23 mile ride yesterday that did it. I got off the bike feeling great! Thanks All!
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