I am submitting this to ask how many cyclists experience a burning sensation across the balls of one or both feet when riding. I use look style pedals and cleats and I ride 100 - 200 miles a week. On longer rides I have to stop and deal with this foot pain, after a few minutes it seems to subside and I can continue.
Anyone experience this? any suggestions?
I have to give a "thumbs up" to orthodic inserts. I ride the same as you, although I have only had four 200+ mile weeks this year, and experienced pain in my feet. The pain went away with orthodic inserts. You can get them from most podiatrists but, I got mine from an old shoe maker who took an impression of my foot and made them within a week. I have even seen places that will sell them to you over the internet.
Another possibility for your foot pain is not using stiff soled cycling shoes. If that is the case then, every crank of the pedal would allow your foot to flex which could lead to foot pain.
I hope this helps.
Sounds like you are a candidate for a bike fit. I am a big believer that everyone who rides more than 1-2 x per week should have one. It will prvent injury and discomfort and improve performance. Your position could be causing this pain and so could the type, size and make up of your shoe, which a good bike fitter (a Serotta or Wobblenaught certified) fitter could determine for you. The investment will pay dividends. There could be several issues causing this, so it is best to have the whole position assessed to get to the root.
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