« on: May 20, 2012, 08:20:57 pm »
I've been riding (and light touring) for about 8 years now but I've recently run into a problem reportedly related to a symptom of Parkinson's disease. While I'm riding, my toes want to curl under my foot. It's a strange thing but PD is a strange disease. Unfortunately, this is very painful after a few hours and I have yet to find a good solution. I really don't want to give up touring but the pain is really cutting into the enjoyment of being on a bike.
I currently use SPD cleats and have found my very stiff soled Specialized shoes are somewhat better than a more flexible pair of Shimano shoes. Tightening the shoes excessively stops the foot movement but is no more comfortable. I've used the same cleat positions and bike fit for several years and have not tried changing the cleat positions yet.
My local bike shop has heard of this problem before but had no ideas on a work-around. Does anyone out there have any experience with this? Thanks in advance!