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Old 07-16-09, 03:35 PM   #1
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Hot foot

I did a search about this and found some interesting threads on the subject, but I wanted to know what you guys thought about it. I recently got some specialized arch supports to help and while my left foot improved, my right got worse. It happens at about the 40 mile mark and it really hurts. Anyone have a special clyde cure?
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Old 07-16-09, 03:45 PM   #2
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Only time I've experienced this was on long rides on hot days, so for me it seemed to be related to dehydration. Taking a break off the bike and a big drink of water helped. Your results may vary.
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Old 07-16-09, 04:15 PM   #3
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There are a couple of known culprits.
  1. Shoes are too tight - this does not have to be due to the straps being too tight. The plastic being too tight across the foot-bed can also cause a serious hot-foot problem. Your feet swell slightly as you ride, so you may just need to loosen the straps a pinch before they start hurting.
  2. Cleats are too far forward - this puts too much pressure beyond the ball of your foot, which eventually results in pain and hot-spots along the bottom of your foot. Move your cleats back 1/4 inch or so, and see if it feels any better.

If neither of the above work, then you may just need to find new shoes. No matter how nice/expensive they are, PI and Forte/Performance shoes hurt my feet after a few hours. Shimano shoes are the only kind that fit me right so far, although I suspect I could find a pair of $300 Sidi's that would work nicely...

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Old 07-17-09, 09:12 PM   #4
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Consciously pull up on your spin before the soles of your feet start hurting.
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