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    Feet hurting and going numb

    Hello Everyone, I have recently began my journey back into road cycling. At one point I was almost out of the clydesdale club, but school and life in general got in the way and set me back quite a bit. Lately I have been having pretty significant problems with my feet while riding.
    My cardio, legs, and ass are not holding me back, but the pain in my feet is the rate-limiting step. I am not having as much trouble with numbness as I have had in the past, but the burning pain is no joke and really preventing me from wanting to ride. I have tried different road shoes mostly shimano SPD-SL and now I am in a nike shoe with a full carbon sole and speed-play lite action pedals. Some have suggested that my shoes may be too narrow and contributing to the pain. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

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    Make sure you arent over tightening your shoes. I keep mine just tight enough to keep my foot in the shoe...no need for your shoes to be extremely tight

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    Where is the pain, exactly? Can't pinpoint the problem without knowing that.

    Hotspots (the burning) can be from soooo many things. Cleats, narrow last, need orthotics, laces/straps too tight...
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    I agree with the over-tightening suggestion. I had that happen years ago with hockey skates as well. The main area to keep just barely snug is the top of your foot (over the the meta tarsal bones), I do cinch just the very top lace tight. I also seem to be more comfortable in about a half size larger bike shoe (versus other shoes). that goes for the Shimano's, and a pair of Cannondale I use without cleats.
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    Pretty much the front half of my foot, from mid-metatarsal to the toes. I wear my shoe straps pretty loose, especially the strap closer to the toe. I don't have any heal pain at all. The old pair of shoes I had, I felt like I had too much room in them and had more of a numbing problem, which I always thought was odd. The shoes fit my feet perfectly with regards to snugness (if that is a word), but the pain is at times unbearable.

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    The stock insert on nike cycling shoes SUCKS. I had quite a bit of pain until I replaced them with Specialized BG footbeds. No more pain, at all. No more feeling my like foot was on fire and numb at the same time. I personally got the blue insert, there are 3 different ones for different levels of arch support. The metatarsal support of these things is WIN.

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    I had to go up a size and add 3/4 arch supports. That seemed to fix it for me though I still need to wear pretty thin socks. I had read that the arch supports help to prevent the arch from flattening and spreading the metatarsals... I don't know how true that is but it has helped me a lot. Like you, the pain was really stopping me from riding any more than about 20 miles before it almost became unbearable. You may want to do a search on Morton's Neuroma which I think can be the end result of this kind of pain if it's not addressed.
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    Another vote for the Specialized insoles. They have a deal that you step on in your bare feet to find out wich one is right for you.
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    interesting thread....I did two 50 mile rides on the weekend and the only part still sore today is the bottom of my feet. I need to look at these specialized insoles.

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    Superfeet Blue solved 90% of my foot numbness and pain problems when I switched to clipless. LeWedges to tilt my cleats by 2 degrees got rid of the other 10%.
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    Did the insert thing posted above for some relief. I found moving my cleat back towards my heel as far as possible corrected most of my hot foot problem.

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    Try sliding your cleats back and out a little, 1-2 MM at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Where is the pain, exactly? Can't pinpoint the problem without knowing that.

    Hotspots (the burning) can be from soooo many things. Cleats, narrow last, need orthotics, laces/straps too tight...
    All of that. I have for years suffered from severe hot spots under my left foot, right at the ball. Many suggestions were offered: loosen the shoe, move back/adjust the cleat and then seat height, different pedal (something with a platform my foot problems started with the SpeedPlay pedal), orthotics etc. I've almost gotten everything under control but at times the foot still hurts and the only remedy is to stop, relax the foot and then carry on. The cheapest and best advice was to loosen the shoe.

    Remember if you move the cleat the saddle height will also need adjusting.
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    A radical suggestion - do you have non-clipless pedals you could attach? Then you would be able to adjust your foot position while riding and maybe it might help.

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