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Old 08-08-22, 08:41 PM
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Foot pain

Was wondering if anyone else was having foot pain like Iíve been getting. For the last couple years Iíve been getting foot pain on my rides on either of my road bikes (2012 Cdale Synapse & Ď85 Raleigh Marathon). Itís not hot foot, I call it vise foot. It fees like my foot is in a vise especially my pinkie toes. It seems to be occurring on shorter and shorter rides. Iíve played around with my saddle, moving it up or bake, raising the nose ďlowering the nose, etc and nothing seems to help. Iím a pretty big guy and Brooks b17s are my go to for the width.

I checked my wifeís old anatomy books and it looks like the nerves that control the outer toes run through the saddle area so thatís my hunch but I canít seem to fox the problem.

Anyone have the same thing and weíre you able to fix the problem?
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Old 08-08-22, 10:35 PM
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What type of shoe and pedal are ya using?
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Use spd-sl pedals and shimano shoes, donít remember the model but theyíre nothing special.
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Old 08-09-22, 10:00 AM
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Are the shoes a tad too snug in the width? That'll make for issues, particularly the longer the ride is. At least until your feet get so numb you don't care anymore. But usually that is after they've given you the most pain you can possibly stand for 10 or so miles.

Many bike shoe manufacturers don't even sell differing widths. However all of them have their own idea how wide their typical customers feet are. So try different brands. Some are known to run wide others narrow.

Brooks makes a cycling shoe?

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My thought here was also the shoe. My feet have issues with my foot sliding forward and jamming my toes into the toe box, stumping toenail growth. I try out new cycling shoes by standing at the checkout counter with my toes pointed, leaning over the counter, Does that feel good? (I ride toes down nearly all the time and especially while standing.)

I'm guessing my issue isn't yours. But feet and shoes vary a lot. Finding the right shoe for your feet could make a world of difference. (For me, the cheap (now ~$110) Lake shoes are "the fit". I keep thinking I should try the better Lakes, but every ride I get reminded that hose cheap ones simply work. (And are far better, both on the bike and after, than my far more expensive "good shoes".)
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I suppose it could be the shoes although I never thought that was the culprit.

Iíve noticed on rides l where Iím out of the saddle more the pain doesnít progress as quickly and get as bad overall which leads me to think it may be a saddle/fit issue.
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Is your saddle too low then? Not sure that makes sense for the issue.

Maybe it's just when seated you are holding your foot funny in the shoes or pushing on the pedal more with the outside of your foot. Try feeling what part of your foot is actually pressing first on the pedal.

I push slightly more with the big toe side of my foot than the little toe side of my foot.
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Sorry you are having issues while cycling.

More detail would help. Did you just start cycling two years ago or had you been cycling without pain previously? Are you the same weight and in the same physical condition as two years ago when this issue first started?

You could try rechecking your bike fit from scratch. Also, check your shoe fit, pedal alignment and float to see if that makes a difference.

But, what you are describing sounds more like a symptom of some undiagnosed medical condition that has gotten worse over time. You should discuss this with your doctor to rule out or identify and address any underlying medical problems.

I hope you get this sorted out and can get back to enjoying cycling!
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These helped me...no affiliation.

https://www.bikefit.com/p-7-8-pack-l...at-wedges.aspx
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I had always thought it was a nerve impingement issue partly because it felt like really painful pins and needles like if your foot falls asleep.

Iíve been cycling to varying degrees now for about a decade and it seems like only the last two years really has it been an issue. Same bike same shoes, etc. I wouldnít say Iím in grossly worse or better shape either.

I do have a tendency to wear out the outside edges of my shoes when walking so maybe itís more of a shoe issue than I ever thought. I may try out those bikefit wedges, itís at least a cheap solution to try before I go down the road of buying different shoes, saddles, paying for a bike fit, etc.
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