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OUCH!!! not so friendly Sidis(7 posts)

OUCH!!! not so friendly Sidislonghorn
Jul 14, 2003 8:40 PM
Has anyone else out there with a normal/just a little wider than normal foot had any problems with foot cramping in Sidis?

Actually, I don't think it's specifically a cramp, but, about 45 minutes into my rides I start to get a pretty serious pain on the outside of my right foot right where the little boney point starts to come out. It gets so bad that if I don't get off the bike within about another 30 to 45 minutes I'm in absolutely excruciating pain. Any thoughts or stories of similar experiences would be greatly appreciated.
Try a wider shoe?OffTheBack
Jul 15, 2003 3:20 AM
Sorry if I'm stating the obvious, but you might try a shoe with a wider toe box. Sidi makes shoes in a "mega" width, and if those don't do the trick then Carnacs are supposed to be pretty wide. FWIW, I wear the standard with Sidis and love them...comfy all day long.
re: OUCH!!! not so friendly SidisCreaky Carnivore
Jul 15, 2003 9:24 AM
Yes. I also have a wider than normal foot, but did not buy the Sidi Megas because they were too wide. I had the same exact problem with foot pain on the outside middle of my right foot. It was so bad the first couple of rides with the new shoes, that my feet were actually bruised and swollen. I found that if I significantly loosened the ratcheting strap on top of the shoe there was no pain. I have ridden 300 pain free miles now using this approach. I also concentrated on varying my foot position wihin the shoes, and wiggling my toes alot.
Jul 15, 2003 5:25 PM
I have Sidis, and have discovered that putting Peterson Powerbed inserts in them reduces foot pain quite a bit. The Sidi sole is relatively flat, and the SIDI insert is so thin that it is hardly there.

Lake makes an extra wide shoe (CX-220 Extreme) and the Nike Poggio II is suprisingly wide as well.
I hade heard that the right foot...High Gear
Jul 15, 2003 6:06 PM
- has a nerve that the (left doesn't) effected by the top strap of some shoes. I'm sure that you can get a cramping feeling if the front of the foot is squeezed too. Northwave is a little wider in the front than the Sidi's. I'm a firm believer in wearing the shoes around the house for an hour or so to make sure if they will work. Once you mount cleats and ride them,you own them. I had the same thing happen to me with the right foot and will never be stuck with a nonfiting shoe again. Sell them an move on.

Good Luck
re: OUCH!!! not so friendly SidisGMS
Jul 15, 2003 6:37 PM
I had the same problem with the same foot. Sidis do have thin insoles. There are a few insoles that will probably fix your problem. I'd recommend Superfeet greys, since they are the thinest, but even then you may want to rip off the plastic heel part (and even moreso if you get something thick like Peterson's) so that your heel doesn't come out of the cup.

Also, socks really matter. You could try think socks and thick insoles, or medium weight wool sucks and normal (or the original) insoles. Just make sure your toes don't get crushed.
re: OUCH!!! not so friendly SidisRob Sal
Jul 16, 2003 9:45 AM
I too had the same problem with the outside of the right foot in my Genius 4s, with what felt like cramp. It eventually cleared up on its own after a dozen or so rides though.