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    Pain in soles of feet

    I frequently find that the soles of my feet hurt for the first 15 minutes of a ride. It feels like a muscular soreness or tightness, and it hurts when I push hard on the pedals. I wear Specialized road shoes. They are good shoes (I think I spent $100-$200 on them) but they are probably at least 4 years old. My pedals are Keo Classics. I feel like I could ride harder if my feet didn't hurt. Any suggestions?

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    Try Loosening the middle strap perhaps.

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    Have low arch type feet? Specialized have some weird Metatarsal hump in the middle of the insoles that hurt my feet too. Try some different insoles like maybe Superfeet or one of the many others. You might have to change to a different brand of shoe like Shimano or Lake to really make your feet happy.

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    I am thinking arch support as well. It could be either too small or too big. In either case, the arch support may be forcing your foot to adjust to it (flattening or bending depending on the issue).
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    Could be your shoes or it could be you need to adjust the position of your cleats or you need to replace your cleats, if they are worn they could be shifting around on you. It's probably safe to say there is no easy answer as this will require a series of adjustments and trials before you can see results.

    I would suggest you start with the least expensive approach but only change ONE thing at a time so you know if it's helping or not.

    If what you have is the common "hot foot" pain there are lots of articles on the interwebz that can help you out:

    How to Solve Painful 'Hot Foot' | Road Bike Rider

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    This sounds like an issue I had which did not meet the description of "hot foot". My massage therapist told me it was likely due to my calf muscles being so tight. With his advice, doing more stretching and some foam roller on the calves seems to be helping.

    Go get a massage! If it doesn't solve you're problem, oh well, its gonna feel good.

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    +1 on looser. I prefer shoes that don't try to assist or "support" my soles too much; excessively cupped, arched or other deviations from flat. I'm most comfortable in shoes that allow my feet to spread and move around slightly in the shoe. That said, I have a pair of Specialized shoes a couple of years old that work pretty well, though they are a euro size larger than I wear in some other brands.
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    specialized has a "arch-o-meter" to determine which insole best suits you

    I only get the hot foot with my mTB setup, with the smaller surface area, thus more localized pressure
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    I have plantar fasciitis so my arches always ache unless I use a supportive insole like Superfeet. I use the Superfeet Black insoles because they don't take up much space in my cycling shoes. Having your gait analyzed may be something worthwhile to determine if you over pronate while walking, which could have an effect on your pedaling as well.
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    I do have low arches. I wear running shoes that correct pronation. I also like my cycling shoes strapped down tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiCoyote View Post
    I do have low arches. I wear running shoes that correct pronation. I also like my cycling shoes strapped down tight.
    That's going to be the problem there.

    Loosen the straps on the shoes and/or get a different orthotic for the cycling shoe. One thing at a time though. Try loosening the straps first since that doesn't cost anything...

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    Also, after getting the sizing and tightening about right...if your feet hurt along the outer or inner edges, especially late in a very long ride, i suggest trying the varus/vagus wedges (specialized makes them)...they effectively "level" your foot inside the shoe, it feels like more effectively distributing the pressure...

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