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new shoes=back pain(7 posts)

new shoes=back painhinaults dog
Apr 15, 2002 11:00 AM
finally got some specialized comp road shoes
after about 15 miles a pain in my lower back
develops. the shoes are the only variable that
has changed. is it the shoes or is it me.
thanks john
Cleat position???Dave Hickey
Apr 15, 2002 11:06 AM
I never had a problem with back pain but I've had knee problems when I had new shoes and didn't adjust the cleats properly. Do you still have the cleats on your old shoes? If so, measure them fore and aft and side to side and set up your new shoes the same way.
Apr 15, 2002 12:17 PM
seems like you might want to measure against a fixed point on the bike (if you check against the sides of the shoe, you'll get inconsistencies in position if the soles are not shaped exactly the same).
Apr 15, 2002 1:41 PM
...Specialized now has their "Body Geometry" shoes which have a 1 1/2 degree cant, causing your foot to roll outward. This is great if you are in the majority of people whose foot is naturally like this, but not good if you are not.

And...hinaults dog
Apr 15, 2002 1:57 PM
i fitted the plates in relation to the
ball of my foot/pedal axle.
also get some numbness in my right big toe (which
coincidentally is the side the pain originates)
could this cause the pain or like you
say is it the angle of the sole
Not sureIan
Apr 15, 2002 5:36 PM
I'm not an orthopedist, so I won't try to diagnose you, but here is some info about feet. Any of this can be gained from a good running store. People fall into one of three categories, their feet pronate, are level, or supinate. I never can remember which, but I think pronate means your feet can benefit from more support in the arch area. With level feet, neutral support is fine. If you supinate, then more support is needed on the outside edge of your foot. About 60-70 people need more support in the arch area, another 20-25 percent are neutral and the rest need more support on the edge of the foot. So Specialized decided to go with the masses, and they added extra thickness to the arch area, effectively tilting your foot 1.5 degrees. But, if you were someone who needed to go the other way, you have now just exaggerated the problem. If you don't want to see a doctor, vist a good running store, by watching you run a few steps, they can usually tell which way your feet go.

Not surehinaults dog
Apr 16, 2002 7:26 AM
thanks thats what i'll do