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Old 02-14-07, 08:23 PM   #1
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Foot pain

For about 6 months I've had pain in the bottom of the ball of my foot (distal second metatarsal). Right where the pedal is. I've tried ice, ibuprofen, rest, podiatrist (orthotics are on the way) and it is only a little better. I haven't done any real hard riding since November. Doc doesn't think it's a neuroma. Racing season is 2 1/2 months away. Anyone out there with a miracle recovery story?
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Old 02-17-07, 07:18 AM   #2
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yes.....

but it was a neuroma, had surgery, off the bike during july. all is well now. the new surgery is
completed on out pt basis, about 12 minutes total. foot up and on ice for about a week. it was
worth it since I had it for about 12 years. Is he sure you dont have a neuroma?

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Have you tried moving your cleat back a little bit?
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He says a neroma would probably give some pretty intense pain when the metacarpals are squeezed together. That makes sense based on the anatomy. I did move my cleats back but have also heard about a different cleat/pedal than my shimano set-up. Something bigger and more triangular? I wonder if that will do anything because the extreme stiffness of the shoe should distribute the pressure anyway.
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I had a similar problem and here's how I fixed it:
1. Went for a bike fitting that included a shoe fitting. He put a couple of Lemond "Wedges" between my shoe and cleat.
2. I switched to slightly thicker socks.

Your mileage may vary, but that's what worked for me.
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I used to get numb feet after about 20km. I moved my cleats back as far as they will go and my feet feel much better. also less strain on my ankles.
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He says a neroma would probably give some pretty intense pain when the metacarpals are squeezed together. That makes sense based on the anatomy. I did move my cleats back but have also heard about a different cleat/pedal than my shimano set-up. Something bigger and more triangular? I wonder if that will do anything because the extreme stiffness of the shoe should distribute the pressure anyway.
I had a friend who had that kind of foot pain riding with SPD cleats. He bought a new bike, got a set of SPD-SL pedals (about the same platform size as Look pedals) and new shoes, and all the pain went away.

The SPDs put a lot of pressure over a very small area. It can even cause the shoe to break.
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For me, custom orthotics made a night and day difference
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I think it's time for me to pedal shop. Thanks for all the great advice. Any mountain bike pedal specific advice besides SPD-SL? Anything that clears mud better than others? I assume Egg Beaters are out.
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SPD-SL isn't a mountain pedal - it's a road pedal.
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