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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:32 am 
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I am posting this in hopes it may help someone else on the forum who may suffer from hot spots in the bal of the foot area, etc.
I originally started out with some cheap Specialized road shoes and never thought much about my shoes. I developed a problem with really bad hot spot at the ball of my one foot which happens to be my dominant leg. The opportunity presented itself so I picked up a pair of R220 last year and even had them molded. They were good for a while but the issue returned and became a sharp pain. Upon inspection of the shoe I had an issue with construction and they were actually replaced under warranty. But that is getting of topic. I recently purchased a pair of Specialized S-Works and love the shoes. They helped immediately with foot comfort but the hot spot issue was only improved not remedied. The pain was interestingly behind the ball of the foot not on the ball. After doing some reading I realize that the red insoles supplied with the shoes are for pretty much flat-footed people. I promptly moved up to a blue insole because I already knew my arches are normal to high based on my running shoe experience. I did a century on the blue and saw big improvments with the issue. Based on those results and the fact that I was not feeling the arch support as much after the initial change, I have now moved up to the green insoles. I did a quick 30 miles ride today and experienced no foot pain. This was something that would happen at times only 15 miles into a ride and was typically effort related (climbing/sprinting).

This is interesting because I have previously read that insoles would not fix a hot spot problem. In speaking to a tri coach regarding this subject he made the issue real clear to me. With an insole that does not have the proper arch support what is in effect happening is the arch is collapsing and the foot is forced to flatten again the sole of the shoe. This explains the reason why the problem was behind the ball of the foot. The other upside to proper insoles, at least in my case, is shoe fit. With high arches the front of the foot tends to be flatter. This leaves a lot to be desired in veritical space in the toe box (too much). Having the insoles supporting the arch the vertical spacing is much improved.

My point of this post is, if you are suffering from fit isues with your shoes, it is worth it to perform a wet test of your foot to see where you are at with your arches. It's been said before here and other places but Specialized really deserves a lot of credit for thier insoles.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:13 am 
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Body Geometry also worked wonders for me. I use the insoles in all my shoes and plan on buying a pair of BG S Work shoes soon.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:01 am 
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+1 on the Green Arch Supports!


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+1 on the Green Arch Supports!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:04 pm 
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E-Soles are the best, imo.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:19 pm 
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BG insoles and similar will only work with 'normal feet' Best answer is to get some custom foot beds made up by someone who knows what there doing, AMFIT are very good if made right and also Comformable ones, not the cycling ones they make but the Ski ones are brilliant


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:57 pm 
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Υου can move your cleats some mm back.It helped me a lot...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:41 am 
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I already have them back a bit and played around with cleat position and it made no difference if they were forward or back.

Only upside to buying blue then green was at least I have a nice insole in my sneakers now. lol


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