I've only been riding again for about a month, and I'm 37. When I get about 2 miles into my rides (I do road riding on a mountain bike with knobbys) my feet start to ache so bad that I can't go on. I have to get off the bike and get some weight on them to flatten them out and make them feel better. The pain is mostly in the outer part of my feet near the ball of the foot. I just wear normal sneakers when I ride with standard Redline platform pedals. I haven't put any money in to foot gear yet, as I'm only riding 4.4 miles at a time in a loop around my neighborhood. Do biking shoes help with anything other than keeping your feet attached to your pedals?
Some thoughts I had were maybe that bike shoes are solid and give you support you need, but then again, I was on my BMX bike as a kid if I was awake and I never remember any foot pain. Or maybe it's just that I'm out of shape..
Anyone have any tips or been in the same boat?