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General Discussion / Hurting Feet
« on: July 06, 2007, 01:46:51 am »
Greetings from Thailand! I am a US man (with family) living in north Thaland (for almost 18 years).
The reason I write is that I need a bit of advice concerning my hurting feet.

A little history first, I have been biking for around 25 years. About 10 years ago I switched to the SPD cleats which I really love. About four years ago I started having pain in the ball's of my feet. Over these years the pain has grown to a point I could hardly handle.
I talked to a number of bikers and shops but they told me I just needed new shoes and different cleats. So I bought the best I could find here in Thailand yet it hasn't help.
Then, I went to two doctors and even had an X-ray for a stress fractures in the bones in that area of my feet. Both doctors said I had no break but a deterioration of the center joint, right in the middle of the balls of my feet.
Since then I have gone back to the old style of clip and have had better results, or no pain.
So my question is, is there anything I can do about my joints? Am stuck with using the old style clips? Is there a special kind of shoe I should look for to wear when I bicycle? Do you have any suggestions?
In my mind, giving up bicycling is not an option. I love it and it has been my dream to tour the world by bicycle when I retire (55 yrs old now). Even now I ride 5 to 6 days a week and do short tours around Asia. With this I need to come up with some kind of resolve.

Thank you! Michael

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