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    New question here. What the heck did I do??#$%^

    2 weeks ago I went for a loger ride than normal. I rode for 7 hours, including 5 1/2 in the saddle. The next morning the ball of my foot was a little sore, it got worse for a day or so and has since begun progressing better. That being said, I'm off the bike for now as every time I try to ride I can tell it would cause further pain in a matter of time. Basically, it feels ok to walk, but the intensity of biking on the ball of my foot is not better yet. I do not recall any incident while riding. Anyone have any idea what I did? I'm getting nervous at how long it may be before I should ride again...help, please...

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    You should try to narrow down the cause in order to find a solution. Do you use clipless pedals? If so, do you have the cleat positioned properly? Was there a fold in your sock? Over time this can cause some pain, but not like yours. I doubt the sock was it.
    I would at the very least check the position of the cleat and get a new set of insoles. I just got three new sets, one for my biking shoes, one for my running shoes and one for my work shoes. I spend about 11-12 hours a day standing in a kitchen. Before my feet would be all swollen and sore in the morning, now they feel much better with the new insoles. Don't be afraid to spend a few extra dollars on good insoles either.
    Also after you ride put some ice on it and elavate it a bit too. Mostly it kinda sounds like the cleat is not were it should be or your shoes have something not quite right about them.
    I like to ride bikes.

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    Thanks for the reply. Sorry for not being descriptive. I ride 3 times per week, 1-2 are off road, notmally 2-4 hours at length. The shoes I was wearing are Diadoro Jalepeno's - 2 yrs old, but I only wear them in the winter. I've ridden them all winter and had no issues. I also have some Specialized shoes and a pair of Northwaves that I use in the summer. I run SPD's (858 pedals) and have for 4 years now - I've never had this issue before. I do not think it was crinkled sock-syndrome, but that is certainly a lingering possibility.
    I never felt pain on the trail. Could it just be a deep bruise from the longer-than-normal day?

    As for insoles, all of my shoes have very thin insoles - is it common to buy some new ones? Any recommendations?

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    broke mine..........similar symptoms

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesterrider
    2 weeks ago I went for a loger ride than normal. I rode for 7 hours, including 5 1/2 in the saddle. The next morning the ball of my foot was a little sore, it got worse for a day or so and has since begun progressing better. That being said, I'm off the bike for now as every time I try to ride I can tell it would cause further pain in a matter of time. Basically, it feels ok to walk, but the intensity of biking on the ball of my foot is not better yet. I do not recall any incident while riding. Anyone have any idea what I did? I'm getting nervous at how long it may be before I should ride again...help, please...

    there's some bones in the ball of the foot, (sesamids?) that I cracked while riding the bike...........not by impact but seeingly by stress........similar symptoms.
    As I always suggest with physical ailments..........see a doctor.

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    It could also be a problem with the arch of your foot, particularly the little one on the ball of your foot kind of between the base of your big toe and the rest of your toes. If that arch is falling, it would hurt. I have this problem sometimes but it goes away pretty quickly after the ride. But maybe new insoles (the ones in the shoe may be worn out) that have some support for that little arch would help. I have Superfeet in my hiking boots, they are a little pricey, but really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewMcD
    there's some bones in the ball of the foot, (sesamids?) that I cracked while riding the bike...........not by impact but seeingly by stress........similar symptoms.
    As I always suggest with physical ailments..........see a doctor.
    Thanks for the insight - was a normal Dr. able to assess the damage through X-Ray? Or did you have to go to specialists? I'm just wanting to save myself some steps if possible. Also, how long were you off the bike? What type of treatment, if any - such as special shoes, insoles??? I'm nervous now...

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    OK - well after extensive review online regarding sesamoiditis, I have concluded that my pain is not located in the region consistent with what I read. Sesamoiditis is generally lacated where your big toe meets the ball of the foot. My pain is located between the big toe and the #2 toe. Also, my big toe would likely be swollen and hurt when bent as a result. I have full range of motion in all toes and no swelling. I think I just have a good old fashioned deep bone bruise. I may still go to see a Dr and report any intersting findings - as if there could be

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    Metatarsalgia

    You may have figured this out but a podiatrist rather than a regular MD is going to be able to go a lot farther in helping you with this. It may be metatarsalgia where one or more of the metatarsal heads become inflammed and painful. This is often caused by footwear with too narrow a toe box, although getting old and losing some of the fat that helps cushion this region can also be a contributing factor. Your history of having a prolonged ride preceding the pain seems to agree with this diagnosis. I agree it doesn't sound like sesamoiditis. By the way x-rays won't help in diagnosing either of these conditions, it's really a clinical diagnosis.
    Usually this is treated by footwear modification; one to get shoes with a big toe box, and second the orthotics as forementioned. I'm not sure of who other than Sidi makes shoes in wide widths, then again you can't go too wrong with Sidi.
    Hope this helped.

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    just a silly sandle

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesterrider
    Thanks for the insight - was a normal Dr. able to assess the damage through X-Ray? Or did you have to go to specialists? I'm just wanting to save myself some steps if possible. Also, how long were you off the bike? What type of treatment, if any - such as special shoes, insoles??? I'm nervous now...

    I had to wear one of those stiff sole silly sandal orthopedic shoes for .........this has been a few years.......something like 10 days. I probably didn't ride for about a month; injuries heal slowly as you get older. It wasn't a big deal, just sort of an annoyance and time consuming.

    The sesamoid (or a sesamid?) actually showed cracks that the podiatrist, that my primary physician referred me to, detected with x-ray.

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    I'm on my way to the podiatrist tomorrow - I still think it is progressively healing - just slowly due to the unfortunate location. I'll post if there is anything interesting to learn.

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