Forefoot Pain.

Hello Athletes

My name is Niels Erikstrup, 2 x Ironman, ultra-distance-adventure-racer, MTB Conquistadores Costa Rica finisher and ex-Royal Guards-infantryman.

All this activity would have been much more fun if my front feet had not hurt so bad.

Pain used to be manageable, but after moving to Switzerland, where cycling a 10km@10% slope cannot be avoided (i have a nice Catégorie 1 climb starting just 400m from my front door) my front feet said STOP.

On a web-forum I read a suggestion about moving the pedal pressure, i.e. the cleat, about an inch further back than what was possible on my cycling shoes. I started drawing, tinkering and testing. The testing was fun, as the results were immediate: My front foot pain vanished. Just like that. I could finally enjoy cycling to its fullest.

It got obvious to develop the initial adapters one step further, as I noticed a remarkable added comfort while testing the prototypes. Not only was the foot pain gone. My calves were relaxed. I felt better balanced on the bike. What wonderful surprises!

The reason for my improved comfort was explained by bike-fitters, scientific papers and discussions on web-forums. I can't claim any deep knowledge in physiology and ergonomics, so all I can do is to thank those who enlightened me.

The more refined strength/weight design touches come from my background as a mechanical engineer. Product development is my home turf. I have enjoyed five years developing stuff for the US Air Force Laboratory. 

I do not claim that the PatroCleats adapters are for everyone. The pros and cons are dealt with in the Q&A session and in various bike-fitter blogs. I suggest you to do some reading there, as you will need more that just my words for a decision to try this new way of cycling.

However, if your front feet hurt - then I recommend giving Mid-foot cycling a try.

Enjoy your cycling!


Mid-Foot, January 2021