pwa wrote: mjr wrote:
We are all guessing based on our personal experiences. My carbon soled shoes (I have others) are so stiff in the pedal contact area that effectively the sole acts like a wide pedal. My feet are pressing down on a wide surface with no pressure point at the cleat. It's a bit like having clogs on.
Exactly - what I'm trying to get at is that the pressure distribution on your foot
inside the carbon clog remains identical and moving it doesn't change it enough (unlike on a wide - but not whole-foot solid - pedal) so you can't vary it over time and get any relief.
If I understand you correctly you are saying that hot foot is caused by having one small part of the foot taking the pressure without relief. If that is true, and I think it may be, I'd see that more as an issue to do with overly restrictive shoes, done up in a way that stops the foot moving around in them a little. I certainly think that was behind knee problems I had some years ago.
Its my belief that any restriction that hampers a natural deforming of the arch / whole of foot along with natural ankling will cause knee pain / discomfort.
If you have worn ice skates or full mountain boots, you get can get numbness in the sole of foot, this might be part of the foot not flexing partly but wanting too.
Also any exercise that does not allow natural deformation of the foot, restricts the blood flow through foot due to the large veins in feet not compressing and pumping blood back up leg.
Unlike walking and running where the mind expects the force to roll from heel to toes, cycling is foreign as force always goes through the ball of foot.
Feedback to the brain of what the foot should feel is muffled and distorted.
Its true that some cycling shoes are not ergonomic, not enough work on design is being done here I.M.O.
On top of that, doing this exercise daily (eccentric heel rolls) will help with natural ankling which is always needed in leg exercise in keeping the calf muscles subtle, especially if you are over 50.https://runnersconnect.net/achilles-ten ... n-runners/
This site deals with Achilles tendentious , but the exercise maintains subtle calves.
Exercise 1 - Straight Knee Eccentric Heel Drop.
Fifteen reps then wait five minutes before doing other foot.