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Old 03-01-09, 02:58 PM
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Cycle Shoes for Bad Feet ?

What would anyone recommend for cycling shoes for someone with feet trouble (me)? I have plantar fasciitis really bad. The doctors have told me that I need to wear cross trainers.

Does anyone else have a similar problem? I need shoes that are slightly wider than regular shoes. I don't need anything clipless. Will use the shoes for commuting and touring, and also for walking around.
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Old 03-01-09, 03:02 PM
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I suggest getting a stiff-soled bicycling shoe, like a mountain biking shoe. You want to get your arch out of the picture, and let your leg muscles do the work.

I've had plantar fasciitis 5 times since my early 20's, and I know how it can be a real b*tch to get rid of it. My longest case was for 2 years (the first time) and my shortest was only 4 months (the last time). I can teach you a lot about using your own arch muscles to support your foot when you walk.

PM me if you want more information. I don't think podiatrists have a very good record at helping people to heal from PF.
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Old 03-01-09, 03:50 PM
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I had PF last year and found that wearing arch supports in my everyday and cycling shoes really worked. It also sorted out a lingering knee problem I had.
Can;t guarantee it will work, as everyone is different, but,it worked for me.
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Old 03-02-09, 10:31 AM
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I don't have them but Shimano has some shoes & insoles that are baked in an oven and forms to your feet. http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...ustom_fit.html
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You can use most Shimano mountain bike shoes as regular shoes. Find one which fits (obviously...), but then leave the cleat cover on. Most Shimano's either have a cleat cover you cut out, or one which bolts on.

U Kinda have to see them at the shop, as me no explainy very well.

-Anyways, with a stiff soled shoe (heck even hike boots might work dandy) you would be all set using platform pedals.

You can allways look into clips-n-straps or powergrips in the future.
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I use superfeet insoles in all my footwear, biking and otherwise, to address achilles and pf issues. I had a maniacal stretching regimen too (specified by phys therapist, what my family doc and I had deduced on our own turned out to be completely wrong). I have backed wayyyyy off on the stretching now, the insoles alone seem to keep the feet issues contained.
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
I use superfeet insoles in all my footwear, biking and otherwise, to address achilles and pf issues. I had a maniacal stretching regimen too (specified by phys therapist, what my family doc and I had deduced on our own turned out to be completely wrong). I have backed wayyyyy off on the stretching now, the insoles alone seem to keep the feet issues contained.
I'd heard/read (on bikeforums I do believe) that the general consensus for cycling is not to pre-ride stretch, or if so, minimally. Better to warm up slow.

Not sure if post ride stretching is a good thing or not, but it works for me if I don't/can't warm down slow post ride.

I stretch a bit if I've taken a longish break, before getting back on the bike though.
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My wife had PF and she fixed it by rolling her foot with a spiky ball and wearing green superfeet insoles all the time. As soon as she got out of bed she'd be in her shoes.
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Old 03-03-09, 10:21 AM
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I'd heard/read (on bikeforums I do believe) that the general consensus for cycling is not to pre-ride stretch, or if so, minimally. Better to warm up slow.
I'm as much a fan of DIY/phone-a-friend/ask the audience as anyone here but as far as BF consensus vs professional medical advice I can't say I've ever really been steered wrong by the latter.
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I have this problem too, as I have taken the winter off of cycling. Now that spring may be upon us here in northern Utah, I wanted to get back on the bike, but I fear that I may aggrivate the PF again. I rode about 3,500 miles last year and I think I caused the injury when I putting in a sprinkler system in the backyard with the shovel, I think.

The Podiatrist gave me some inserts and the nighttime sock to help it heal. I have been doing what he has recommended for about 1 month. It seems that I have had limitted success. So, I was wondering if the cycling would have added to this or, if I just need to wear a thin sock and put the insole in the shoe and then I will be OK. My shoe is the Specialized Sport BG Mtn shoe. Any thoughts?
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I too have feet problems. Just mostly itchy from moisture and have always just used sneakers to pedal in. I just picked up a pair of clipless MTB shoes from lake.
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