I am growing slightly concerned I may have an actual problem with my feet.
at first I just attributed this to my weight. get rid of the weight get rid of the problem.
but today I came to the realization that its likely can't BE my weight since on the recumbent stationary all my weight is on the seat under my BUTT not my "feet" the only "force" on my feet is me pressing them into the pedals to turn the crank.
my arches don't hurt nor to my heels. the BALLS of my feet hurt. I am not talking a slight ache I am talking some honest pain and eventually it makes me "stop" (usually right around the 60 minute mark)
I was trying to think up solutions to alleviate the force on my feet to alleviate the pain (I may actually have a workable idea in mind) and it hit me.
WHAT IS wrong with my feet.
stiffer shoes "HELP" but only so much.
today I wore the Mountain Bike shoes Neil so generously gave me with the metal plates in the bottom (about as stiff as they get)
they did not seem to help (though this may be because the bowling shoes ripped my feet apart !!!)
at this point I am thinking of going with some super stiff size 15 shoes and putting crocs "bottoms" inside them as "insoles" the close cell foam will distribute the forces more evenly (walking does NOT cause this kind of pain though the pain IS similar to walking in regular shoes) I need the size 15 for enough "room" to fit my foot and the croc insoles (I just cut the bottom off a worn out pair of crocs)
I did this once before with somewhat positive results for walking but its harder to come by affordable size 15 shoes anymore :-)
I tried 14's at the time not big enough needed to be 15 to fit both the insoles and my feet.
the idea I have is to build a contraption to quite simply remove the feet from the equation. think calf to foot "crutch"
2 shafts on each side of my leg to a "sole" under my show with springs on the shafts.
the shafts would connect to a "molded wrap" around my calves. this would transfer quite a bit of the "force" from the pedals to a distributed area of my calves instead of to the balls of my feet. it just might be possible for me to build something like this (I am working out what I would need to do it and how strong/feasible it would be.
but I really would like to know what is wrong with my feet. why so much pain on the pedals but NOT when I walk. we walked nearly 3 hours today ZERO foot pain (crocs) wearing the crocs on the stationary did NOT help in fact they were worse (I am guessing they "BENT" around the pedals increasing the force concentration since the stiffer the shoe the better the results.)
I can NOT see a doctor. I don't have insurance and lack the funds to pay one directly. I do recognize however at some point down the line if this gets worse or does not improve I may have to figure out some way of seeing a doctor (any ideas on that too ??)
so what do you guys think it could be ?