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    My feet hurt

    lately when i get home from a longish ride or one where i go somewhat harder than usual, the bottoms of my feet hurt pretty bad. i can't tell if its like a cramp or something..i don't know how to describe the feeling other than just a hurt feeling. should i be stretching my feet or something before i ride? it normally goes away almost immediately after i get home and off the bike. thanks.
    I need to see pavement passing under my feet.

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    wearing regular shoes or cycling shoes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ____asdfghjkl View Post
    wearing regular shoes or cycling shoes?
    regular, not platform pedals but the ones with the straps..not sure what they're called haha
    I need to see pavement passing under my feet.

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    Those are called toe clips.

    You want cycling shoes. They will be more comfortable for cycling. The pedal won't dig into your feet, and your feet won't have to resist bending. as a general rule, the better the cycling shoes are for cycling, the worse they are for walking.

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    Impact on the feet can be stressful for the underside of the feet. Yes, cycling is not as high of an impact as running, but it still has somewhat of an impact. I have stress fractures that continually reappear, unless I rest my feet. So I make sure I massage them daily and do stretching specifically for the feet, toes, calves and shins. Try the book called "Stretching", by Bob Anderson. There's a section in there dealing with feet stretching. Always work on massaging your feet (I'm massaging them now as I write!) and stretching, and don't be afraid to put some ice packs on them and elevate your feet as much as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    Those are called toe clips.

    You want cycling shoes. They will be more comfortable for cycling. The pedal won't dig into your feet, and your feet won't have to resist bending. as a general rule, the better the cycling shoes are for cycling, the worse they are for walking.
    Even if you don't get cycling shoes, at least get shoes with really hard, stiff soles.

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    I wear Tom's. The soles are no stiff at all and I don't ride with toe clips either.

    so I dont know :/

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    wear the cycling shoes will be better

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    When I transitioned from toe clips to cycling shoes (successfully purchased some great Sidi's that I still use years later off of eBay), I immediately lost all of my current foot pain and immediately gained other foot pains. Don't get me wrong: switch. You can't do any real riding with trainers. What I'm saying is that I had a bit of a learning curve when I switched. I tightened the straps too tightly and got numbness and hot-foot but these things you'll learn to fix with real cycling shoes. You cannot, however, fix these foot pains using toe clips with shoes that are meant for running.

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