ATTN: speedplay pedal riders

So, I purchased a pair of Sidi Genius 5s (fit better than any offering from specialized/shimano) and speedplay zeros a few months back and had a little bit of a problem with hot spots on the outside metatarsals on both feet. This seems to have gone away, but recently went for a fairly long ride and it was so bad my outside toes were starting to get numb.

I just replaced the stock insoles with some Dr Scholl’s memory foam inserts (they guarantee comfort) before I went and tried the Specialized footbeds and this seemed to have solved the problem for my left foot, but my right foot still gets pretty uncomfortable even after about 20 miles

I’ve got my cleats about center on the sole of both shoes, don’t know where to start for moving cleat position around if at all to help, otherwise, I might have to start looking for a different pedal and/or shoe combo

Any suggestions welcome. Considering switching to a MTB style pedal and shoe since the sole may be softer and I’m not doing any road races where a road shoe/pedal system is a requirement.

Move the cleat in (away from the outside of your foot). I got one of my cleats perfect but on the left foot, I’ve noticed a hot spot on the outside of my foot. Moved the cleat in this evening, should be able to get out in the next day or two and ride. You have to remember that your feet are not the same size and what works on one foot might not work on the other.

I’ve got Specialized shoes with their insoles and even with the hotspot with the Speedplay’s (Light Action), it still is light years better than when I had platform pedals and cages…and I had Shimano platform specific shoes.

look into getting a cleat fitting if you are having issues.
above and beyond that, find a sports med/PT that is a cyclist and look into orthotics for your cycling shoes.

Move the cleat in (away from the outside of your foot). I got one of my cleats perfect but on the left foot, I’ve noticed a hot spot on the outside of my foot. Moved the cleat in this evening, should be able to get out in the next day or two and ride. You have to remember that your feet are not the same size and what works on one foot might not work on the other.

I’ve got Specialized shoes with their insoles and even with the hotspot with the Speedplay’s (Light Action), it still is light years better than when I had platform pedals and cages…and I had Shimano platform specific shoes.

I’ll have to give this a try. I may have mounted the cleats slightly to the inside, but I’ll have to take a closer look when I have some time. I’ve read that having my saddle slightly lower may help alleviate the problem.

look into getting a cleat fitting if you are having issues.
above and beyond that, find a sports med/PT that is a cyclist and look into orthotics for your cycling shoes.

hmm, it would suck if there isn’t an off the shelf solution to something like this to have to resort to having special fitting (orthopedics) just for riding

EDIT: well, I took apart my cleats and saw that they I put them on all the way to the back and roughly centered, if not a little to the outside I’ll post back in this thread if anyone cares enough if shifting the cleats to towards the inside of my foot and about center in the forward to aft alignment helps.

i mean there is definitely a recommendation and that would be to set your cleats up in a "neutral" position, and ensure that both sides are the same. its a good place to start anyways. and move them in small increments, what i had said was just to kind of let you know that those options are certainly out there.

Moving the left cleat a bit towards the inside of my foot got rid of the hotspot I was feeling on the outside of my left foot. Still doesn’t feel quite as good as my right foot but it is definitely a step in the right direction.