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hot flashes in the foot---calling wannabe MDs(11 posts)

hot flashes in the foot---calling wannabe MDsKenS
Jul 5, 2002 8:51 AM
I have developed the following weird symptom. About every 5 minutes, I feel a 3 or 4-second flash of heat on the outside of my right foot, underneath my ankle. My ankle doesn't hurt and the flexibility seems fine. This symptom has persisted for a couple of weeks. It hasn't increased or decreased in intensity over that time period. I can feel it when I am riding but it doesn't change character while I am riding.

I am assuming that it is biking related but have never heard of any similiar malady. Has anyone experienced a problem like this? Is it a first sign of additional problems?
bi-piedal menopauseEJC
Jul 5, 2002 9:06 AM
sounds like your feet are having their "time" if you know what I mean...

Sounds like nerve compressionMXL02
Jul 5, 2002 11:06 AM
This may be a symptom of some type of nerve compression, although usually that particular problem is persistent and progressive while you are riding. Your particular problem sounds like problems with the sural nerves, which could conceivably be caused by muscle contractions and/or muscle hypertrophy. I suggest going to a neurologist and having nerve conduction studies.
Sounds like nerve compressionKenS
Jul 7, 2002 8:55 AM
What is the pathway for the sural nerves? I had been discounting nerve compression since the problem didn't seem exacerbated during riding. On the other hand, maybe any increase is masked by all the other pains...
You Got Hot Footwink
Jul 5, 2002 11:52 AM
This is caused by poor pronation of your leg/ankle/foot. The fix is an orthotic that you put in your bike shoe. Go see a podiatrist. Good Luck
You Got Hot FootKenS
Jul 7, 2002 8:51 AM
By poor pronation, do you mean the bottom of my foot is rotated inwards towards the frame?

I am going to try another pair of shoes, which fit more closely.


re: hot flashes in the foot---pa rider
Jul 5, 2002 1:16 PM
Hi Ken. I got hot foot a few times using specialize shoes. I would ask you if the problem just developed.

My shoes get worned, so I changed the soles to make them fit better. Mainly when I have the problem was when I put heavier socks on in the fall. This means I have tight shoes and no circulations.

I know one thing, for women, that hot weather makes there feet swell. I dated one girl who said her feet swell one size in the summer time. You may just have worn shoes and the circulation isn't there anymore.

Do you have this problem with other shoes? Sandles? If so you may have pulled some muscles in your foot. Maybe seeing the foot doctor isn't bad idea. Your family doctor probably won't be much help if you have a HMO. They don't like doing referals.

Good luck.

re: hot flashes in the foot---KenS
Jul 7, 2002 8:44 AM
I have specialized shoes also. But they are a little on the loose side with regards to width. That may be the problem. I have another pair of shoes and will try them. Thanks.
It's time forcoonass
Jul 5, 2002 2:55 PM
the Sport's Podiatrist to check you out....however, if he/she says to stop biking, then he/she is a Quack and you should take 2 aspirins & 1 Advil (Motrin) and watch the TDF.....seriously, a foot-doc may be in order (do you think you may have pinched a nerve??)
It's time forKenS
Jul 7, 2002 8:57 AM
Yeah, but watching the TDF makes me want to ride...
Thanks for all the helpKenS
Jul 7, 2002 9:03 AM
I am going to try the hypothesis that my shoe fit is producing the problem through some combination of looseness, location of cleat, etc. I am going to try riding with another pair of shoes to see if that makes the problem better or worse.

If there is no change then it is off to the podiatrist for me.