I have been chasing foot comfort for 5 years and 3 foot surgeries.
Lots of shoes and custom insoles, even custom shoes.
None of them completely cured my foot until I moved to the newest Bont Vaypor.
For some reason it is the perfect combo of width without being volumous.
Also holds my insole perfectly.
Care to expand on this? I am currently really not enjoying at all, the lovely phenomenon of the outer 3 toes on my left foot going numb whenever I go over about 300watts, and nothing I can do seems to fix it. I had tried extensive stretching, wearing shoes 2 sizes too big to see if it still happens (it does), tried BG red, blue, and modified them with layers of gaffer tape to build up the arch, metatarsal buttons, etc. Nothing helps. Clearly this is a motor / nerve issue I am having, so wonder if anyone else has experienced this and has remedied it. I can't bum around endlessly at Fred wattage; I need to get back into the hammer, but am trapped in my own body #woeisme
You've tried a lot of good stuff, but I don't see any mention of midfoot cleat placement. Have you tried that? That will move the center of pressure away from the ball of the foot, which seems to help a wide range of foot problems. It may reduce your peak power, but compared to "Fred wattage" it will be a he11 of a lot better, and it may actually increase your endurance and 20min + power.
(Sorry for thread hijack)
I have been doing a load of research and testing / videoing myself riding, and have also been to a proper physio. Still haven't come to an absolute conclusion about the cause, but I have found the following... If anyone has any experience with any of this, please do comment with what happened.
-Internal rotation of left hip joint is tight. I have been working on loosening this off, and it has got slightly better, but the problem with my toes going numb remains.
-Motion of left leg is a bit weird... At the top of the stroke, my knee opens out slightly. I think this is connected to the tight internal rotation. As my foot goes down from 12 to 3 the knee closes to normal, but the foot seems to be suppinating ever so slightly (when I compare it to the right which has no issues). This would make sense as a possible cause as the suppination puts a lot more force on to the outside smaller toes, than an evenly distributed load across all 5 toes.
-As an experiment I stopped trying to control my pedal stroke entirely, when riding and just let my body do exactly what it wanted. This was a bit trippy and hard to achieve at first, as I had to completely disengage my consciousness from my body, but I did it in the end. Rode along like this then looked down at my feet... huge amounts of toe dipping and comedy bow leggedness on both sides, with the left being worse than the right. Not sure what this proves, but the fact that the left was angled out a lot more than the right tells me there is an issue there.
-I took my insoles out and rode on the hard bottom of my shoes. Doing this allowed me to feel with great accuracy, every point of pressure being exerted on the soles of my feet. I felt the outside edge of the bottom of the left was being pressed a lot harder than the equivalent right.
Now, I don't know at this point if I have done any permanent damage to the nerves in my foot and given myself endless Mortons Neuroma, but my current method of attach is to get some wedges and see if I can balance off the pressure distribution in my left foot, and then see if that actually solves the issue. I will also keep working on my left internal rotation to see if that changes anything.
So yeah, if anyone has any similar experiences, it would be good to hear how you dealt with it.