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Foot pain???(3 posts)

Foot pain???jubiea
Jul 9, 2002 10:33 AM
My feet tend to go numb after about 50 miles. I've changed shoes and it has helped a little but not much. Now using Sidi energy. Last year I could go about 70 miles before the foot pain. I just thought of one change I made was going from a Waterford (853 steel) to a Cannondale CAAD 4. The ride does not feel as smooth. Could this be causing part of the problem?
re: Foot pain???BrokenSpoke
Jul 9, 2002 10:41 AM
Numbness can be caused by a lot of things but if it only happens while cycling, there are a few things to take a look at. First off, I am going to assume that you bought the correct size shoes, length and width, and that your toes are not pressed against the end of the shoe. That being said, when you ride, your feet will swell a little. Often you start out with the straps on the shoe tight (I don't mean the old staps that came with pedal cages, I mean the straps that are attached to the shoe itself) and as your feet swell, the increase of pressure on the nerves in your feet can cause numbness. Just loosen the straps little to relieve the preesure can alleviate the pressure. Another option it to watch you r foot position when you pedal. Some riders pedal with a toe down position. What this does is on every pedal stroke, the toes are being pushed into the toe box of the shoe and this can cause numbness. Work on a flat, or better yet, heal down pedal position. Hope this helps.
Try a different insole maybeklay
Jul 9, 2002 11:27 AM
I found the ones that come with my SIDIs (g3s) were absolute crap. (I've got a high arch and need a little extra support and tend to swap out the original insole in most of my shoes). I was getting numbess and pain in my feet when I first got my SIDI's. Best solution I have found is the cycling specific insole from "Superfeet"...

K