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Old 04-04-11, 10:15 PM
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Medical problem with toe-clips and clipless pedals

I need some advice/recommendations. I have chronic plantar fasciitis (inflammation on the bottom of my feet. Both sides), and I want to be clipped into my pedals, but I can't tolerate pressure on my heel or ball of my foot for very long. I do fine when I'm pushing down with the part in between heel and ball, but I haven't been able to find any type of clips/shoes that accommodate. They all seem to concentrate pressure under the ball of the foot when I'm pushing down.

Does anyone know of toe clips that might center my foot over the pedal axis, or even better, cycling shoes with cleats in the center of the soles?

I know most people who get this experience it temporarily, but I don't think it's going to go away any time soon. I've had it for over 2 years now.
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Old 04-04-11, 10:49 PM
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I had that before!!!!! that is painful, the first steps after sitting a while are pure hell, you agree? Start taking long walks, every day!! it will get rid of it. I believe my case was due to the fact I was put on part time, and layed around the house to much. Use it or loose it-- so true.
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Old 04-04-11, 11:08 PM
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I sure hope thedeadone is right. I don't know of a single attachment system that has you pressing down with your arch.
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Old 04-04-11, 11:24 PM
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I think there are no shoes as you describe, sorry. If you are not using a good orthodic in your day to day life, you may wish to look into them. They should after a long period of time ( months ) help.
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Old 04-05-11, 02:58 AM
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You might be able to bolt an extension platform to a plain cage-type pedal. MKS Sylvian Touring have a nice big flat cage. The GR9 model has a large flat platform but not at the ball.
I got that condition when I started jogging too much too soon. I found that regular stretching helps. And not jogging.
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Old 04-05-11, 10:02 AM
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consider just using MTB/BMX platform pedals longer than the MKS mentioned above, just as wide.

If you really want the pedal system in the other location, Custom shoemakers,
and those who do Orthopedic alterations,
to customize shoes for special needs are out there.

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I had PF for two years before I started going "minimal" with running shoes, and then occasionally completely barefoot. I haven't had a bit of problem in the several years afterword. Using some support (Powersteps, etc) may help the healing, but ultimately foot support is a crutch that guarantees long-term weakness. You need to strengthen the foot-bed muscles and tissues to keep it from recurring.
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If you use platform pedals and Power Grips, you can adjust the straps so your foot rests with the arch over the pedal. They're pretty effective as well.
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Try an orthotic with metatarsal pads. They take a little getting used to but can give a lot of relief. Get good ones. The cheapies at the drug store don't hold up for long. bk.
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Originally Posted by Patrick512 View Post
I need some advice/recommendations. I have chronic plantar fasciitis (inflammation on the bottom of my feet. Both sides), and I want to be clipped into my pedals, but I can't tolerate pressure on my heel or ball of my foot for very long. I do fine when I'm pushing down with the part in between heel and ball, but I haven't been able to find any type of clips/shoes that accommodate. They all seem to concentrate pressure under the ball of the foot when I'm pushing down.

Does anyone know of toe clips that might center my foot over the pedal axis, or even better, cycling shoes with cleats in the center of the soles?

I know most people who get this experience it temporarily, but I don't think it's going to go away any time soon. I've had it for over 2 years now.
Well, duh! Ride with platform pedals and forget the stinking clips.

Gee, that was hard.....
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Old 04-06-11, 12:28 AM
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Have you seen a Doctor? If not, see one. You don't want to have this problem, foot position on a pedal will not solve it.
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Why not just try to cycle without clips or cleats? Grant Petersen of Rivendell suggested this in a couple of Rivendell readers.
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I've seen multiple doctors. Both general practice and podiatrists. They don't have an explanation for the inflammation. They've given me all the medicines and orthotics and physical therapy they can muster.

Thanks for the tips. I'll look into the power grips

I have platform pedals with add-on toe clips. I'm totally in love the ability to pull up on my pedals. It's not something I need, I just want to have my cake and eat it too.
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Old 04-07-11, 03:35 AM
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Sorry to hear that Patrick 512: The reason I'm interested is that I have had the same problem, my Doc suggested orthotics as did yours. It has worked for me. One thing I did was to use them all of the time. Even in my apartment, I never walked anywhere without them. After several months there was improvement. Is it possible that a bone spur has developed? If so the only way forward is to have them surgically removed. Ok, best of luck to you on this.
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Old 04-20-11, 06:23 PM
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I would suggest that some shoes could be drilled to accept a midfoot cleat position. Joe Friel advocates this position, with 2-hole cleats. I'm not an expert on this, but it does seem it could be done.
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Found this thread when searching on platform pedals.

FWIW, I fought Plantar Fasciitus (SP?) for years.

Got much better when I went to full length custom orthotic inserts.

Then, when I increased my jogging to over two or three miles, it went away.

I still wear the inserts, in all footwear

No surgery - is my advice
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Why don't you use what you have now?
Just shim the clips out farther so the arch of you foot is on the pedals,easy.If you didn't have toe overlap before,you probably will now,be aware of that.

Clips come if different sizes also.Extra large clips will move your foot forward if you don't have them now.

Change from clips to power straps.

Just use pedals.

Lower your seat and put the cleats on top,that will build up the hammies.......
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