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Old 07-17-09, 01:45 AM   #1
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Tender feet and recumbents

I have noticed something I find rather interesting.

When I was riding Eagle I was experiencing a real "soreness" in my feet. Tom Stormcrow suggested skate shoes and wide predals so I got me some AirWalks and a set of Primo Super Tenderizer BMX pedals and tried, but it was still pretty sore and I could only manage these piddly little rides.

So time goes by, you'll have to imagine a montage of seasons rapidly changing, clouds scudding across the sullen sky, whatever; but here I am next year and in MUCH more fit condition. I can walk TWO MILES and never experience the kind of soreness in my feet so it CAN'T be a stress or loading issue.

BUT....

When I lay back on our super plush reclining couch to watch something on the giganto-screen I experience the same feeling in my feet for a time upon standing up. A tenderness much the same as you'd feel from sitting on a stage and swinging your feet and then hopping down onto them.

Like it's a blood engorgement thing, a matter of positioning rather than loading.

I get the same thing if I'm in my adjustable bed with my feet up.

I rode like a demon my first time out in years on an upright bike and it took a mile before I got any kind of burning in my lower extremities, so I am thinking there is a "there" there.

Has anyone else experienced this phenomena?

If so, what was the correlation to your weigh and/or physical condition?

Did it improve as your condition improved or am I gonna have to forget about eventually building an Atomic Zombie "Marauder" LWB lowracer.

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Old 07-17-09, 06:05 AM   #2
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I have noticed something I find rather interesting.

When I was riding Eagle I was experiencing a real "soreness" in my feet. Tom Stormcrow suggested skate shoes and wide predals so I got me some AirWalks and a set of Primo Super Tenderizer BMX pedals and tried, but it was still pretty sore and I could only manage these piddly little rides.

So time goes by, you'll have to imagine a montage of seasons rapidly changing, clouds scudding across the sullen sky, whatever; but here I am next year and in MUCH more fit condition. I can walk TWO MILES and never experience the kind of soreness in my feet so it CAN'T be a stress or loading issue.

BUT....

When I lay back on our super plush reclining couch to watch something on the giganto-screen I experience the same feeling in my feet for a time upon standing up. A tenderness much the same as you'd feel from sitting on a stage and swinging your feet and then hopping down onto them.

Like it's a blood engorgement thing, a matter of positioning rather than loading.

I get the same thing if I'm in my adjustable bed with my feet up.

I rode like a demon my first time out in years on an upright bike and it took a mile before I got any kind of burning in my lower extremities, so I am thinking there is a "there" there.

Has anyone else experienced this phenomena?

If so, what was the correlation to your weigh and/or physical condition?

Did it improve as your condition improved or am I gonna have to forget about eventually building an Atomic Zombie "Marauder" LWB lowracer.

RD
Sounds like a matter to take up with your doctor.
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Old 07-17-09, 01:34 PM   #3
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So this is not something "normal" when a big guy has his feet near the same level as his heart for a time?

I guess maybe i OUGHT to take this up with a Doctor, I guess I better get one.

I can't STAND doctors.

Guess I better bite the bullet and find one.

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Sounds like you were restricting your leg circulation somehow. It could well have been a weight issue as well, though. I had the same issue even on an upright bike when I was at my peak weight and just getting started.

It took some time for the valves in my leg veins to regain some competency to prevent engorgement and fluid edema in the legs. The result, tender, sore and swollen feet and lower legs. You've all seen the discoloration in my lower legs? THat's what it's from. It's a symptomn of Chronic Venous Stasis Disease. It's treatment is activity and walking, and biking, and otherwise keeping the skeletal muscles active.

Do see a Dr, though, because CVSD is not the only issue that can cause this. Arterial disease can as well as underlying heart issues.
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I had a kinda similar experience in the past, I used to run a knuckle boom (picture a log loader) when I worked with the railroad. It had a "T" pedal that would spin it right or left after running it for a few hours I would climb down and walking on the ballast ( think #3 and #4 crushed rock) killed my feet for a bit. It was like when I was sitting the edge of the chair would slow down my circulation to my lower extremities and when I started to walk all of the trapped blood would start to flow. I'm not a doctor or even qualified to make a guess but I think the trapped blood was O2 starved and the pain was caused by the lack of it. Just a guess.
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So this is not something "normal" when a big guy has his feet near the same level as his heart for a time?

I guess maybe i OUGHT to take this up with a Doctor, I guess I better get one.

I can't STAND doctors.

Guess I better bite the bullet and find one.

RD
Explain you've lost more than 100 pounds on your own, and he'll be your friend. Docs love to meet folks like you, since most of their patients don't bother to lose weight.
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I just ask-a-nursed and got some good info.

Seems it sounds like Plantar factiitis which is a minor wear and tear issue, nothing systemic.

It often has to do with pain relating to sudden changes to weight bearing and right in the locations I specified too!

It'll need looking at since it can result in bone spurs, but it is not an ER visit like heart, or kidneys might be.

I'll have it looked at.

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I had plantar fasciitis a few years ago. My doctor told me to use orthotic insoles in my shoes (he recommended SuperFeet), and showed me some stretching exercises to use. Also, he told me to ice the painful location. I did all that, and it almost immediately started to feel better...but it took nearly a year to go away completely.
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I guess it makes it worse to engage in activities that place stress mainly on the balls of the feet because that's where the damage is happening or something, even tho the heels are the painful bit.

When I get my Rockhopper on Tuesday, I guess I'm gonna put my extra wide Primo Tenderizer pedals on it, dust off my thick, flat skate shoes...

I better get some insoles for the shoes tho.

If all else fails, i will simply design an aluminum plate with a heel stop and attach it to my pedals, then weight the underside so they are easier to get my feet on.

Maybe have my feet bronzed like baby shoes?

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