Got a brand new bike & have been loving my cycling this year until I suddenly got a bruised feeling in my right foot. This is my 3rd year with Keen cycling shoe with Shimano M540 (or older model) pedals. I have never had any foot discomfort before. Its so weird, When I am in a running shoe it feels like there is a small gel insert in the middle of my foot up near the ball of my foot, right where the clip sits. I can’t see any swelling or bruise the pain/ache feels like a bruise. When my foot is in the Keen I do feel pain when I walk and now when I ride. All the time. Dad says I have to go back to a regular pedal. I don’t like this solution. Can anyone offer solutions that have helped in similar situation? Different shoe, different clip style, clip adjustment, etc. Last night I hobbled around the house after a 20 mile ride. How can I make it across the state in a month and still enjoy a band at the beer tent?
Is it a burning sensation? If so, it could be hot foot. Getting a carbon sole insert to spread the weight distribution to the foot would help. Specialized is one company that makes these. I would also talk to a foot doc that specializes in sports medicine. As it could be nerve damage.
It is not hot/burning. And I should make a correction, I had my daughter look at the soles of both feet at the same time & the right (sore) foot is swollen on the pad section of the foot. In regards to the nerve damage, I assume the foot doc has to diagnose that? Rats!
When I first started using clip-on pedals and shoes (about 30 years ago), my feet would hurt and have tender spots after long rides. What I discovered was that my feet would swell due to the prolonged pressure. The solution was to tie (or velcro) my shoes looser. That ended my foot issues.
same shoes and pedals but different bike? not hotfoot but swelling. Could something have gotten in there on a ride, insect, pebble, thorn/splinter. or could you have stepped on something? Your daughter didn’t see a small puncture or dark spot?
Are the bolts for the cleats too long? You just want the threads to engage not pass all the way through the female nut in the sole of the sandals. You may need to get shorter bolts or put a spacer/washer between the cleat and the sole.
You mentioned “brand new bike” and then noticed the bruised foot? Same pedals and shoes for the past three years with no problems? Sounds like the geometry of the new bike is probably different and you may need to adjust the cleats (probably back but maybe forward). I’d go to your LBS for some help with that.
I just experienced a somewhat similar problem and had to change shoes and pedals to get some relief. Even though I’m still experiencing some discomfort from the previous setup I suspect, it’s nothing like it was. It takes a while to go away once it develops I’ve been told.
If worse comes to worse your dad may be right (hey dad’s usually are); regular pedals and tennis shoes for a while may be your best solution. RAGBRAI is only 25 days away so unfortunately you don’t have a lot of time to make the necessary adjustments.
I know from experience sore feet are no fun. Good luck!
Thank you to all who took the time to offer help and support. I decided to call a sports medicine doc & if I could get in this week I would go, and I actually got in this afternoon. He only spent about 3 minutes with me, and his diagnosis was that of shortbus and barbara45000. He threw out the “aging” word and says my feet/foot is spreading and he feels I am pulling on the drawstring too tight. This is being exacerbated by a new insole I put in my cross trainer shoes that I wear to work. Before I buy new cycling shoes I am going to try the loosening up route and also did loosen the nut on the cleat too. I remember cranking on it awhile back & may have caused an issue. Last year I lost a screw & the cleat swiveled and I couldn’t get out of my pedal & don’t want that to ever happen again.
Trek15rider also provided some good food for thought, I will ask the service guy next time I take the bike in. *we may not know which did the trick but if the pain goes away I won’t care!
Have a great week-
I used to suffer from a similar ailment. Over time I also started having knee pain, then pain in my hip (due to the change in my gait to compensate from the pain in my foot.) When ice, rest, OTC pain killers, prescription meds AND even a cortisone injection failed to provide any relief, I started doing my own research and discovered that when I quit drinking pop and/or consuming anything with artificial sweetners in them….VIOLA…..NO MORE PAIN! It took approximately one week to notice a significant change, but I’ve been pain free ever since.
My big toenails have always gone numb when I ride. I remember one year we bought special shoes just for RAGBRAI. They were too small, but I really wanted them. I remember my toenails were numb for months afterward. So when I finally grew more and bought my own bike and needed shoes I thought this problem would not happen. But I always notice that it still happens. It is not really annoying. Sometimes it hurts, but most of the time it does not. I just can’t feel my big toes most of the time while I ride.