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    quick cure for back and foot pain

    another pain question ,my complaint is a pain in my middle toe ,serious pain i know it's comming from my back nerve pain, i was out on a 50 mile spin today ,i had to stop until the pain passed ,okay the thing is im off to france thursday three weeks touring ,is there anything i can do to relive this pain.

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    Vitamin I.

    Ibuprofen will help if the pain is due to swelling or inflammation around the nerve. If that doesn't help, I think you need to see your doctor.

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    thanks for that xyzzy834 ,no time to see the doctor ,so it's the ibuprofen .hopefully i won't suffer to much thanks again.

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    See a good wellness Chiropractor, not one your doctor sends you to. Usually they are an independent network based on natural healing, not prescriptions. having your spine aligned properly solves more problems than you can imagine. Obviously have to make time for it, but well worth it.

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    there one not to far from me , but quiet expensive .cant afford money wise to pay him a visit, i know your healt is more important than money ,but i'll go with the drugs for this tour .but thanks anyway i know it makes sense but money is tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antokelly View Post
    there one not to far from me , but quiet expensive .cant afford money wise to pay him a visit, i know your healt is more important than money ,but i'll go with the drugs for this tour .but thanks anyway i know it makes sense but money is tight.
    +1, but if this isn't an option hopefully the red wine in France will help!

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    thanks imi red wine and ibuprofen ,well you never know ,could work 'ill let you know.

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    a medical question to pure strangers three days before a three week trip. Ok,,I was a bike mechanic, you can send me $50 for my stellar diagnosis and prescription. You're worth $50 right?

    how do you know it's coming from back nerve pain? My friend just had foot surgery on the nerve that leads to that toe. It may be referenced from your back but it could also actually be an inflamed nerve in your foot. I won't presume to suggest a diagnostic method but if you've got a pain that makes you stop doing what you're doing I"d suggest stopping a LOT sooner to shake it out and prevent it from occuring since you probably have more 50mile rides ahead of you on this trip.

    Pain requires a recovery period. Whether it's from lactic acid overload or traumatic injury that tears flesh and bones. So if you push until you experience pain you just might develop a cumulative recovery period. Then again you might "work it out" and it'll mysteriously dissapear. If that's the case send me $5.

    You don't give any history for this pain, when it occurs, whether other activities affect it, shoes, etc. So from what you say,,ibuprofen or not. Take it easy. Take the effort down and get off BEFORE there's any hint of pain. Stretch and walk before riding, stop before pain announces itself, etc.

    When I was 23 I had a ski accident that whacked the hell out of my left patellar tendon right below the kneecap. Couldn't walk for a week. A couple months later in the spring I go to a sports doctor and say "I hurt it",,he said "yes, it's slightly swollen, take it easy and see me in a few months". In a few months I rode from Ogden Utah to Boulder Co. and I made sure to go EASY everyday. In another year I joined a race club and started training and racing but that knee had to be listened to. I HAD to warm up at 50% effort for the first 15minutes. If not i'd get a twinge of pain that would set me back a few hours. If I pushed through the pain I would not be capable of 110% efforts within severe pain. Not capable.

    So,,stranger to stranger,,I'd stretch, massage the foot, get off the bike and stretch before pain announces itself,,and take it easy for a couple weeks into a three week trips.

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    I had been using clipless pedals for years not knowing that it was causing damage to my big toe. I would ride through the pain thinking it would go away and everything would be fine. Never happened!

    I had to take the clips off and ride with platforms until the big toe healed. Well, about 95% of the pain is now gone but I think I'll still have the 5% the rest of my life. I probably did permanent damage to my big toe as a result of an incorrect setup.

    My suggestion to the OP is go with platform pedals. Having foot pain makes it very difficutl to find a perfect clipless setup because the soft tissue can become inflamed easily if your foot is in one position all day long. With platforms, if you feel discomfort, changing foot position is easy.
    Last edited by Dahon.Steve; 06-03-09 at 10:56 PM.

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    I ended up buying a set of clipless pedals for my LHT that have a small platform/ mini pedal to help spread the load across my sole and it's helped a lot to reduce the pressure point that was giving me numbness on rides. Similar to the support of a platform, but still locked in. Just a thought.

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    A good yoga class can do wonders for your comfort on a bike. They can achieve some amazing range of motion improvements. Look around, you can find some reasonably priced local classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xyzzy834 View Post
    Vitamin I.

    Works best if chased with beer.

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