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    Sidi Dominators, bigger toe boxes and hotspots

    I have narrow feet and have been sporting Sidi Dominators for years, size 47 (plus Sidi Genuis on the road). I have always been able to manage "hot spots" using orthotics with a metatarsal arch. Pain/burning/numbness in the ball of the foot. My hotspot is actually a neuroma. Anyways, its flared up again, and I have some new orthotics to adjust the pressure & support. I'm thinking maybe I should try shoes that are a little roomier in the toe box than my standard Sidi Dominators.

    Anybody been there/done that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy View Post
    My hotspot is actually a neuroma.
    I had to google that and am glad I did. I've battled foot pain for years, been to a few docs (way back when) got misdiagnosed and have been pretty much living with it ever since. After reading about neuroma I'm fairly certain that might be it.

    Anyway, here's what works for me. Regular (not mega) Sidi Dominators about a half size or so too large, cleats all the way back and then some (file required) and then removing the insole and cutting a quarter sized circle where the offending "pebble" is. I like the shoes a bit large not only for the toe room but also so I can add an additional insole with another cutout that matches the other one.

    I am now blissfully pain free on the bike, good luck!

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    Forgot to clarify about the cutout on the original sidi insole. There was also a thin removable one that I threw away, the cutout was done on the main "base" one which was about 1/8-3/16 thick and glued in. A bit of a pain to remove but the empty space the hole created was luxurious.

    Also I was referring to US sizing so quite a bit larger, maybe even a whole size.

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    Get the 1/2 sized Dominators(ie: 43.5). You'll get a few extra millimeters of instep volume, which equates to increased wiggle room in the toe box, without having the Mega-sized width.
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    wow, my orthotic guy just did that. he cut a spot out, just like you are saying.

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