Painful Feet Need Help Urgently!

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  1. Ssushi

    Ssushi New Member

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    I'm a few weeks away from a week long Epic MTB ride and over the last couple of rides the soles of my feet have been killing me (60k spins).

    I've a pair of Sidi Dragons (plastic soles) and Eggbeater candy peddles.

    The shoes have a slight fex in the sole.

    Does anyone have any tips as to how to resolve this?

    Cheers

    Ssushi
     
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  2. benkoostra

    benkoostra New Member

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    Ice.

    Tylenol.

    repeat.

    Try freezing a plastic soda bottle almost full of water, and roll your feet on it twice a day.

    Go to a podiatrist.
     
  3. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    Specialized and Shimano shoes have metatarsal arch support in their insoles. Since I've been using these (the Shimano brand), my foot pain has been reduced considerably.
     
  4. Camilo

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    You'd be better served to use an anti-inflamatory medicine like aspirin, ibuprophen, naproxen, etc. Tylenol is an analgesic (pain killer) but does nothing for the inflamation that is involved in most athletic aches and pains. The other advice is spot on ,imho.
     
  5. Ssushi

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    The pain is only there when I'm on the bike and pressing on, i.e. under force.
     
  6. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    I had this problem with shoes too tight.

    Buy the same size you run in, you need room in the toe box and ball area. Also the sole needs to be very rigid and not flex, carbon is best. ;)
     
  7. Ssushi

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    I figure its the sole flexing, but do not want to dispose of a pair of 1 yr old shoes. I have Sidi carbon soled road shoes which are the same size and fine...
     
  8. oldbobcat

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  9. artemidorus

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    Possibly a "hot foot" (nerve compression between metatarsal bones). If so, then your shoes are too narrow. Standard Sidis are narrow shoes, and rawboned folk should avoid them.
     
  10. Ssushi

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    I'm not getting any numb toes and this is my third pair of Sidi's - the others were / are fine. It's odd. I do have wide feet however.
     
  11. benkoostra

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    Yeah, you're right about that. I probably went with Tylenol because I'm allergic to NSAIDS.
     
  12. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    You said your feet are wide and you've been stuffing them into Sidis, which are on the narrow side of medium, for however long it takes to go through three pairs. I don't know what you're looking for.

    Damage to the metatarsal nerves occurs over years of abuse. I'd been stuffing my paddle-shaped feet into Detto Pietros, Adidas, Sidis, Lange ski boots, cowboy boots, and Italian climbing shoes for 24 years before I noticed anything seriously wrong. I finally had to do something about it when I realized that foot pain was interfering with my enjoyment of all athletic activities, even swimming.

    You've been given a full range of advice from several people who have already been dealing with this kind of problem, and in context it's all helpful. I'm going to make one more recommendation. Go to a doctor and have yourself checked for diabetes. Then get a referral to a podiatrist or orthopedist. Take your shoes.
     
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