A newer member of my cycling club jumped on our Yahoo group with a question.
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After two x-rays and an MRI, all of which were "inconclusive", I finally had to take six months off from cycling. During that six months I also spent five weeks wearing an air cast. I recently started cycling again this past May and have had to work my way up from 5 mile rides to (easy) 25 mile rides. Over the last two months I've been adding more speed and exertion to my rides. I haven't had any more foot pain as of yet. I also try to avoid riding on consecutive days when possible and that seems to have helped. I really hate the feeling that I'm riding along on a "ticking bomb" and am now hyper-sensitive to every little twitch in my feet. It got to the point where I had to choose between being able to work (outside, on my feet all day) or riding and I now appreciate every ride more than ever. Anyway... please keep everyone posted on what your fellow club member finds out about his situation since it will benefit a lot of us. Thanks!
I have fairly pronounced pronation, so I've used arch supporting footbeds like Superfeet in my walking/hiking shoes for years. When I started road biking again in my early 50s (about 6 or 7 years ago), I bought a pair of blue Specialized inserts. Specialized makes 3 levels of inserts, with blue being the more subtle and green being the more extreme pronation corrector. The blue worked for me until a couple of years ago, when I started getting knee pain. I picked up a pair of Knee Savers, which initially seemed to help mitigate the pain, but that probably was just the placebo effect, as the pain did resume rather quickly. I then got a pair of green inserts after I got a comprehensive bike fit. The green inserts definitely take up more room within the shoe, but my shoes had enough room for them if I went to a very thin sock (I had been using medium weight socks). However, with these green insoles, my right pinky toe rubs on the outside of the shoe, so I have to apply a small patch of moleskin before each ride..l not a big deal tho. At the same time, I've been experimenting with joint relief supplements. I've taken various glucosamine/chondrointin concoctions with no obvious benefits. A few months ago, I started using MoveFree Ultra tabs, which use an alternative (collagen and something else), which actually do seem to be helping. So, I guess my point is that seeking pain relief for feet or knees is a process, and definitely no one size fits everbody. In my case, I have obviously been using several tools-- supplements, Knee Savers and arch supports to address discomfort. Fortunately, none of these are too expensive, and the only way to know what works best for you is to experiment. I'll never know how much the Knee Savers might be helping my knee pain, but at least my knees no longer bump into my top tube micro-bag when I stand out of my saddle!