I developed a case of capsulitis in my left foot around October of last year, just when I started riding a lot again. Capsulitis is an inflammation of the sac (capsule) around a joint in the foot. Kind of like bursitis in the shoulder. Anyway, it's painful, feels like my foot has a big squishy fluid balloon in it, and it just won't go away. The doctors I have seen have me stretching my foot and using ice water baths on it. I'm thinking that after several months of this treatment without significant benefit, next is probably a steroid shot.
Thing is, my feet also seem to cramp a lot. Mainly the muscles on the underside of the foot, (flexors?) not the ones on top. I ride with just regular cheap tennies. I rarely ride more than 16 miles in a day, and never more than 8 miles at a time. Now, thanks to the foot issue, it's even less. However, when it first began, I was also running on an eliptical and treadmill as well.
Has anyone else suffered from this problem, and if so, were you able to treat it successfully? Could my cheap shoes be playing a part?