I've been living with pain in my feet for a long time, and I've been able to grin and bear it. Two years ago, when I really started biking a lot, this pain got a lot worse and finally this winter I've decided I need to put an end to it. So I went to my doctor and got a referral to a chiropractor (she thought a natural approach would be a good start). That was no help, so I went back to the doctor (for another $10 co-pay) and got a referral to a podiatrist. He diagnosed me with a neuroma, which means the nerves in between my foot bones get pinched, which makes them develop scar tissue, which makes them bigger and more likely to get pinched the next time. This leads to burning, aching, numbness, and usually results in my having to remove my shoes, rub my feet for several minutes, and then start up again, though usually still in considerable pain. Now comes the bigger problem. This podiatrist seems more concerned with proving that he's right than with helping my feet feel better. He gave me arch supports which were just too big and bruised my feet. My uncle who is a sports trainer helped me get fitted with some smaller supports. These didn't really "help" either, but at least they didn't hurt me. I went back to the podiatrist for a follow-up and he got all defensive that his treatment hadn't worked. He hasn't once looked to see if my feet are too flat, or crooked, or anything. He's certain it's a neuroma and he's following the procedure for getting rid of it. He gave me an anti-inflammatory shot in one foot. 4 days later it has had no results. If anything, my foot hurts more. I also brought in my biking shoes to see if the podiatrist could help me tailor an orthotic that would fit inside those and give me the right kind of support. He said he didn't think orthotics would be that useful and that I need a different biking shoe. Unfortunately for him, my father owns a bike shop and knows quite a bit about biking shoes. He completely disagrees with the podiatrist, and maybe I'm just prejudiced, but I'd agree with my father any day over the yokle I'm seeing. So, the long and the short of this message is has anyone out there experienced a similar problem? Can anyone recommend a GOOD podiatrist/sports medicine person in the southern Maine area?