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Foot discomfort(4 posts)

Foot discomfortWoody
Apr 27, 2001 9:21 PM
I just recently started road riding and have had some foot discomfort in my right foot. After several miles the small toe side of my foot starts to ache. The left foot feels fine and the cleats are set to the same mark. I am riding Look 296 pedals and Sidi Titan shoes. I'm sure it's just a matter of adjustment, but I really don't know where to start. Any advice from you vets would be appriciated!
re: Foot discomfortshmoo
Apr 27, 2001 9:31 PM
Sure sounds like an ill fitting shoe. Next time out, focus on your peddle stroke, and try to feel what's happening down there. Might be as simple as loosening your shoe just a little. By the way, there's no reason to believe that both left and right cleat positions need to be (or should be) the same for both feet. If you're "normal", your feet are probably different by a 1/4 to 1/2 size, your legs are slightly different in length, and your joint structures are not exactly symmetrical.
re: Foot discomfortDinosaur
Apr 28, 2001 6:37 AM
I just started riding again after a two month layoff because of a lower back injury (see post referring to flexibility and the importance of stretching). Aside from my posterior feeling a tad uncomfortable, my feet hurt. It's probably because we overlook the fact that when we ride most of our weight is supported by our legs and feet. Give it a try for a couple of weeks, try adding over the counter arch supports. If your feet still bother you, you might consider purchasing new shoes. Cycling shoes are like saddles, we all have different shapes. I selected mine buy trying on a large selection at my LBS and picked the pair that felt comfortable. Cycling shoes are like any other shoes, they should not need any period to allow for breaking in. For what it's worth, I have lousy feet. It's what ended my running career. I hope your problem goes away and my post helps somewhat.
If you feel pressure on the outside of the foot while pedaling,Highgear
Apr 28, 2001 6:34 PM
you may want to move your cleats in toward the instep side of the shoe, this will give you a wider stance. Ideally what you want to duplicate is the angle of your foot clipped in as it is with your feet dangling, say from the kitchen table. To do this, put your shoes on and sit on some high surface, knees close together, back of the knees up against the edge, now look down to see how your feet canter. Do this a few times to make sure. Most will find a toe out stance. Me, my right foot is toe out while my left is straight. Also, make sure the ball of the foot is right over to a little in front of the pedal axle. If the cleats are mounted to forward on the shoe, you may encounter calf cramping on harder rides. Good Luck