I’m a diabetic and have been for several years. When I go to the doctor every six months my check up report always says “uncontrolled diabetic” However, since I’ve been riding on a regular basis my A1C has come down quite a bit. Being a diabetic I have developed something called Neuropathy, or diabetic nerve pain, in my feet. I’m on medication for it but I still have to deal with moderate to severe pain on a daily basis. I have been able to ride without having any problems with my feet until lately. I’m not sure what the difference is but the last several rides have really slowed me down due to having to unclip and rest my feet.
Actually, I’m having two separate issues with my feet. One is the Neuropathy and the other is the pedals themselves. The pedals effect the bottoms of my feet around the balls of my feet while the Neuropathy effects the tops, bottoms and my toes in a very unique way.
The solution? Well, there is no solution for the Neuropathy but for the other, changing the pedals to a pedal meant for a road bike instead of a mt. bike. No matter if and when I get my diabetes under control I’ll always have the Neuropathy. The damage is done and there is nothing I can do about it.
“Life Goes On!”