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My feet hurt!(9 posts)

My feet hurt!Cousin E
Jan 21, 2002 5:45 AM
The outside part of my feet, towards the heel, start to hurt after 15-20 minutes of riding. Any suggestions on how to adjust my cleats?
What type of pedals/cleats/shoe size/weight? nmElefantino
Jan 21, 2002 8:22 AM
What type of pedals/cleats/shoe size/weight? nmCousin E
Jan 21, 2002 8:52 AM
Speed Play x/3, performance brand shoes size 10 (44-45mm??)
What type of pedals/cleats/shoe size/weight? nmElefantino
Jan 21, 2002 9:39 AM
Odd. I would have suspected SPDs as the culprit.

Sounds like you are prone to pronation, or rotating your foot toward that outside heel area. Have you considered orthotics?

Maybe others can offer more insight. Good luck.

re: My feet hurt!IAM
Jan 21, 2002 9:54 AM
I had the same problem using SPD'S but it went on up the outside of my calf also. This is when I first started using clippless and I had no idea why. Although I couldn't tell while riding my heels were turned out and someone riding behind me pointed this out. I adjusted the cleat position in my shoes and the problem went away.

I Have no knowledge of how the speedplays work so I don't know if this will help.
Good Luck
Wrong pedalsLC
Jan 21, 2002 10:04 AM
You got too much float, which is causing stress on your tendons. See if some different pedal system will help your problem. My feet like 3 degrees or even less to make them happy. As long as your knees do not hurt then you are better off with less float.
Wrong pedalsWoof the dog
Jan 21, 2002 4:40 PM
i disagree. check alignment of the cleats, maybe stiffer shoes?


Woof, the always correct dog.
re: My feet hurt!Chen2
Jan 21, 2002 11:39 AM
I don't think it's the pedals, suggest you try adjusting your saddle, maybe raise it?
re: My feet hurt!grzy
Jan 21, 2002 4:52 PM
May not be the cleats. I had foot problems for a while, on the road bike but not the MTB, until the foot doc informed me that I over pronated badly. I'm dealing with plantar faciitis (major drag) and now run orthotics in my roadie shoes and have not had any foot problems - even on a double century. Of course I don't run anymore.

I think it can center around the fact that the roadie shoes are quite stiff and lock your foot down into a certain oreintation, which may be beyond what your foot can handle. Some people make up for this with wedges under their cleats (see the product called Big Meats), but it won't do a thing for a foot with "twist", but the orthotics will.