Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: a town in New England
Bikes: 1993(?) Cannondale H400, 2011 Cannondale Quick 4
callus on bottom of foot, position of foot on pedal etc.
Looking for thoughts based on your experiences with calluses, or informed remarks even if you have been fortunate enough to have avoided calluses.
In the last few months I've had pain from a callus on my left foot, on the left side of the bottom of the foot, approximately underneath where the small toe meets the rest of the foot. It is often somewhat painful when cycling, and almost always painful while walking. Filing down the callus intermittently, which I've done for at least 5 years, now seems less effective than previously.
It seems that the possible causes include:
(1) I'm not using the best positioning of my foot on the pedal.
(2) My fairly recently acquired pedals are inherently more troublesome in this respect than the older pedals were (I can't recall, exactly).
(3) not enough cushioning in my shoes. The 2 pairs of shoes I alternate between, are NewBalance D-width "running shoes", neither pair is new but both now have added inserts for cushioning.
Have never used clipless pedals, and have not used clips for a year or two. Simply some fairly plain pedals. About 150 miles per month of cycling, mostly just running errands under 5 miles roundtrip, in the 6+ warm weather months here.
My feet are fairly wide. I wear a 10 1/2 D American sizing , in men's shoes. The callus is right where my foot touches one of the "gripper" "bumps" on the pedal. I suspect I need to buy some different pedals, and/or change the position on which I apply my foot to the pedal; or, buy some shoes with thicker soles that can absorb more of the pressure, leaving less pressure/friction to contribute to the callus.
Is there a single "best" position for the ball of the foot on the pedal -- directly in the center of the pedal, both left-to-right and back-to-front? Or somewhere else?