I thought my shoes were adjusted so that the clip was at the ball of my feet, but it seems that my toes throb while I'm rideing. I still have a little room to slide the mount back on my shoe. Should I do this, or do I possibly need new shoes?
go to www.wellfeet.com
. It has some good info.
Also do a search at www.roadbikerider.com
for more info.
There are lots of reasons why toes hurt, go numb, burn, etc.
I've had the problem for more than 10 years and have been actively trying different things for the past year.
I am an overpronator, which puts a lot of stress on the ball of my foot causing my big toe to go numb. I just got some custom orthotics. They are 3/4 length. I am not sure about them yet. I am still getting hot foot, but I need to reserve full judgement till after 6 weeks to ensure break in period. My mtb shoes are also small on my right foot causing some complications
I will say however, that I have seen a very noticeable increase in power to the pedals.
Here are some things to try before dropping the cash on custom orthotics.
-Get rid of the standard sock liner that comes with most shoes They suck. Use an aftermarket insole like Superfeet, Sole, down unders, or even a spenco or Dr. Scholls.
-Move your cleat rearward to decrease pressure on the ball of the foot
-try specialized shoes with the body geometry insole and design.
-Try bigger shoes, try smaller shoes, try shoes with a bigger toe box.
some say that bigger shoes create too much friction causing hot spots, or like the one post above suggested that you have to push down too hard.
-Try thin liner socks
-Try cycling socks like Defeet
-try wool socks.
-try bare feet.
-Bottom line for me is that none of the above worked, and I'm going the route of custom orthotics. This first pair I got from an outfit that I think didn't listen to my needs. I'm going to give them a few more weeks, than will call they guy at www.wellfeet.com
. He is a cyclist and has treated some big names, so I think of anyone he will understand what needs to be done.