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Sore feet after 20 miles...any help?(6 posts)

Sore feet after 20 miles...any help?DavidS
Sep 19, 2001 8:25 PM
After about 20 miles or so, the front, outside areas of my feet hurt. It seems to be in about the area of my outer 3 toes, extending about 1 inch behind them. My knees don't hurt at all, and my legs feel fine, but the feet-sore and cramped. I am using Shimano 120 shoes w/ spd pedals, and the shoes seem to fit fine, maybe a bit narrow up front.

It almost feels like the main force of my pedaling downstroke is for some reason being absorbed by this outer area of my foot. I am curious if maybe the small contact area of the cleat is causing this, or if maybe my foot is too far forward on the pedal. Has anyone had this, and if so, does the choice of pedals/cleats have any bearing?

Thanks in advance for any comments.
-David S
re: Sore feet after 20 miles...any help?Dave Hickey
Sep 20, 2001 4:36 AM
David, have you tried moving your cleats? If the outside of your feet hurt, try moving your cleats further out.
I think that Dave's on the right track.nee Spoke Wrench
Sep 20, 2001 5:28 AM
I'd think about where your cleats are located relative to the pain. I suspect, however, you would be better served by moving your cleats more toward the ball of your foot behind your second toe (counting your big toe as first).
angle, tooDog
Sep 20, 2001 7:38 AM
Last Saturday the outer toes on my left foot began hurting. I could not for the life of my figure out why, as I'd never had pain in that location before. About 100 miles later, I realized that my left heal could not come as far in as normal; in other words, my (Look) cleat was at such an angle that it hit up against the pedal stop, preventing my foot from going to it's natural position, sort of heel in, toes out. So, this was twisting my foot inside my shoe, causing my outside toes to be scrunched.

I had just replaced my cleats, and did not get them back in the right position. I changed it back, and no problem. Try angling the cleat on your shoe a little so that your heal can move further inward.

I think that Dave's on the right track.DINOSAUR
Sep 20, 2001 8:43 AM
I experienced the same problem at the beginning of the summer. I had taken off my cleats in order to clean them and my shoes. When I reinstalled them I had them about 1mm forward of their orignial position. I moved them back to where they were before and vola, the pain disappeared. Now I trace the outline of my cleats with a magic marker when I remove them or am replacing them, so I can duplicate the same setting. Pain in the front of the foot is generally caused by cleats that are too far forward...
before moving your cleats...Roxy
Sep 20, 2001 7:41 AM
Since you have no knee complaints, I would be hesitant to move your cleats.

I had very similar discomfort and found that loosening my shoes several times over long rides makes a world of difference! And when I start out, when I put my shoes on, I'll put all my weight on the shoe I'm strapping, so that my foot is in the expanded state. Cuz that's where it'll be as soon as I hit the road.

Good luck!