Saturday, August 05, 2006

Advice? Suggestions? Ideas?

I don’t know why I can't sleep these days. I woke up at 5:00 this morning and could not get back to sleep. At 6:00 I decided to give myself until 6:30 before I got up and went for a bike ride. Bike ride I did.

I didn’t get too far though. I’ve been having this tremendous pain in my left foot, and it’s also starting on my right.

It started a few months ago and wasn’t really that bad. Now and can't go more than a few miles before I get this cold sharp pain.

(Side note: I do not yet have clipless pedals as Super Rookie is afraid I will fall. I keep telling him if I was afraid to fall I wouldn’t ride my bike.)

(Side note for non cyclists: contrary to what it may seem, clipless actually means that your shoes clip into the pedal.)

I know where I’m supposed to keep my feet on the pedals and I keep them there. I also keep my feet flat, I don’t point my toe or dig my heel. I’d like to think that if I have bad form Tim would tell me, but sometimes he’s scared of me when I get all adrenaline-y. He says I get really mean.

This is where it hurts: On the bottom and outside of my foot underneath the pinky toe and on the side underneath my pinky toe and down the arch.

The red is where it hurts.

Note: actual foot much more attractive than drawing

I’ve never had a problem pushing through pain before, I usually kind of like the challenge, but this is unbelievable. I’m actually dreading taking the Gilmour the half mile to the grocery store!

Anyone have any ideas of what I’m doing wrong to make my foot hurt this way? Would going clipless help?


Carrie P. said...

guess what!! it's genetic. grandma, mom, and I all have foot problems. mine are getting so bad i can hardly walk. so, you might have what we've had for a long time.

Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

It wouldn't be a bad idea to check in to clipless pedals. Good cycling shoes will help too- something with a wide toe box might be good for relieving pressure around the nerves in that area. Even a softer soled touring/ commuter shoe might work well. Tell Rookie, Champ Rookie, that he owes you that much.

Tom said...

This looks like a hypertonic posterior tibialis symptom. A massage therapist could help you with that. Tell super-rookie to spring some of that financial industry cake for his girl's well-being and buy a masssage!

Gilby said...

Sarah, what kind of shoes are you wearing to ride in? I'd recommend some shoes with hard, inflexible soles. If the soles are flexy, like running shoes, the arch of your foot won't have proper support. It looks like that might be where the pain is coming from--my feet hurt in the same places if I'm riding with thin or flexy shoes. The same shoes that are super-comfy for walking in are unbearable to ride in--sometimes I don't even notice it while I'm riding, but walking hurts afterwards.

Cycling shoes are made to be as stiff as possible, so for that reason clipless pedals may help; but if it's just stiffer shoes you need then I don't think clipless pedals are mandatory. I hope that helps!