I've had terrible problems with numb and painful feet up until recently. After changing to shimano A520 pedals (they're spd but have a larger platform so the weight isn't so concentrated in one spot) different shoes (also shimano) I noticed a very big improvement but still after 25 mi my feet would be in extreme pain. Then while pedaling I thought my feet were just moving around in my shoes a little too much and wondered if this could be contributing to the problem. I had never considered socks...after all socks are socks, I had been riding in my running socks which are very thin wicking types..but I got a deal on some cyclefit socks and also put a gel insert in my shoe...it stopped the movement of my foot in the shoe, and now I can ride upwards of 45 mi and even at that point my feet might be a bit uncomfortable but not really painful. Another thing I've started doing in the past few months is going more barefoot and when I am on the treadmill I run barefoot, so I think there might be something to be said for strengthening the feet also. I would like to try some metatarsal pads in my cycling shoe if I could find them locally. My next stop was the podiatrist but I think I might not need one after all. I'm not sure exactly what has helped it might just be a combination of a few things.
Michelle, I too have hot, numb feet when I ride longer distances. Changing to Look pedals and a larger shoe size helped. But the thing that helped the most was learning to pedal all the way through the cycle. Pull up with the back leg while pushing down with the front. I tend to be a masher, so this still takes concentration to keep it up the whole ride. A side benefit is that this has improved my average speed. Good luck!
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For years I kept getting hotspots and foot pain doing distances at the century mark or over. I tried changing the cleat/seat position to no avail. Swapped shoes. Also swapped out the pads in the shoes. Changing the padding helped somewhat but I was still getting hotspots on longer rides.
Now this is going to sound far fetched and out of right field, but what finally worked for me was doing other types of exercise to 'stimulate' the foot and ankle muscles in a different way.
I added in seated squats, calf raises and hours or jumping rope over the winter. I also increased the intensity and number of intervals while riding on the roller.
I have done a couple 6-12 hour races this year w/ zero foot pain finally. Shoes, saddle, and cleat positions have remained the same for over a year now. The only diff. was adding in other exercises to help work feet and joints a little differently.
If you're certain your position, clothing (socks), and shoes are correct, just something else you can try. Will take a couple months of work to see the difference.
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Thanks Marnie. I haven't been riding quite as much as I'd like to because it seems like there's always something else coming up. But I've gotten a few good rides in. I'm also trying to do more balanced training for the triathlons.
Michelle Be as you wish to seem.
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Go to a bike shop and talk to them about it. For the road bikes, the best bet is Velo Reno. They take the road cycling end of it more seriously than other shops around here and can probably help you figure out what's wrong. I have to get new shoes, mine are a hair too small. Anything over 40 miles starts to bother me, more so this season for some reason.
Hope you've been logging some miles!
Marnie RENO, NEVADA
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I had hot spots on my feet last summer and it turns out my shoes were just too worn. Bought a new pair and it made a world of difference. I had worn my clipless shoes for 2 years. Prior to buying the new shoes, I had my LBS help me reposition the position of the clips for my pedals. Good luck!
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This is my second year of road biking. My feet have always bothered me a little, but it's time to do something about it. I have spd cleats and have experimented with position, including as far back as they will go. I was in entry level Louis Garneau shoes last year and upgraded to Sidi this year. The problem is worse in the Sidis, so I figured maybe my feet are just a little too wide. The shoes feel roomy and comfortable, but after about 10 miles the whole front of my foot gets numb and I feel pressure on the ball of my foot. I don't know what order to try switching things out- wider shoes, different shoe insert, different pedals?
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