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    Hotfoot reference

    Since it's come up a few times recently, here's a good article.

    I solved my problem with metatarsal pads, but YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcoppola View Post
    Since it's come up a few times recently, here's a good article.

    I solved my problem with metatarsal pads, but YMMV.
    Thanks for the info. So are the pads made by Dr. Scholls?

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    Good article - thanks for the link.

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    A good argument for Look or similar pedals.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobby c View Post
    Thanks for the info. So are the pads made by Dr. Scholls?
    I don't know if Dr. Scholls makes them but my doctor had me order them from Hapad.
    http://www.hapad.com/met.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
    I don't know if Dr. Scholls makes them but my doctor had me order them from Hapad.
    http://www.hapad.com/met.shtml
    So how do you use them? Does one side have an adhesive that sticks to your shoes? If so, how long do they last?

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    The Dr. Scholl's I tried were too big and bulky, seemingly more suited to work boots; I found and now use smaller blue "gel" ones by another maker. Can't recall the name but I got them at a chain drugstore like CVS or Walgreen's.

    Follow package directions. Some have adhesive, some don't. Mine don't but they don't slide around & stay in place OK while I slide my feet in. Exact position can take some trial and error. Basically they need to be just behind the wide part of your foot.
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    Thanks for the link. There are many good articles here about much that is of interest to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobby c View Post
    So how do you use them? Does one side have an adhesive that sticks to your shoes? If so, how long do they last?
    Mine have adhesive and they come with instructions on where and how to place them in your shoe. I've had mine in my shoes for over a year and they still seem to be working.

    My Specialized Body Geometry shoes have the button built into them and have made a big difference in how my feet feel on the bike.
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    There's a lot fo good articles here! Thanks for the link!
    I had 'hot foot' last summer on my bent and thought it was physical heat as I didn't even think of nerve compression. This spring I bought a pair of biking sandals and this solved the problem, maybe by eliminating the 'scrunch factor' with regular shoes. Because I mainly ride a bent I already had the clips as far back as the shoes allow.
    Good articles, though.

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    I lot of people like these insoles and they are not too expensive

    http://www.superfeet.com/
    The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard and the shallow end is much too large

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonecrd View Post
    I lot of people like these insoles and they are not too expensive

    http://www.superfeet.com/
    $35 to $40 is not too expensive?

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    This subject comes up a lot on Bentrider Online. It seems that having your feet elevated will bring on the "hotfoot". There are a lot of posts on BROL that discuss solutions to the problem.
    Most of the advice follows the points in the article posted by bcoppola above.

    I solved my own hotfoot attack by doing the following:
    1, Loose shoes... not easy to find in 13EEE, but they are out there.
    2, Lower two straps are set loose.
    3, Specialized BG high performance insoles. Yes, they are expensive but they work. For me the choice was simple... numb feet or fifty bucks in the bank.

    Try one thing at a time to see if the numbness/hotfoot goes away. First, loosen the shoes. Then move the cleats back, add metatarsal pads and so on until you get relief. Save the new pedals, expensive shoes, insoles until last. You might not need to go that far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106 View Post
    $35 to $40 is not too expensive?
    Custom Orthotics cost >$100, coolmax cycling socks cost $5/pair, cycling shoes can be $200 or more so no I don't think $35 is too much if it keeps your feet happy.
    The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard and the shallow end is much too large

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    I got sole inserts, and they are GREAT.
    http://www2.yoursole.com/home
    I didn't like the $40.00 cost, but they turned out to be worth it. You microwave 'em, then slide 'em in your shoes, then stand still for a bit.
    Shoes fit like never before!
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