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This may just fall into the "You're Just Getting Old..." category but my left foot started getting sorer by the day over the last week. At first I thought I had somehow broke a bone at the base of my second toe - the one next to the big toe as that seemed to be the sore point. However, it's gradually spread from there to the third toe and yesterday the middle of my foot was so sore I had trouble walking. As I was riding yesterday, I realized it was getting aggravated each time I shifted gears - the upshifts were what was really the culprit - the motion of using the toes is what I think has caused the injuiry. I've read that these things could get pretty serious and found out the mid-foot area contains what's called the Lisfranc joint which is apparently where a bunch of bones and tendons come together.

I hope it's something other than the Lisfranc joint as that can be serious and put you out of commission for a long time. By the same token, I try to figure out what's caused an injury because a doctor's visit only lasts 5-10 minutes and sometimes its things you can figure out yourself. As another example, the base of both of my thumbs were sore and swollen and it took me a month or so to realize its because I use my cell phone so much for playing games and surfing the internet and the manner in which I was holding my cell phone is why the thumb bases were injured. In this case, I think its from me just shifting gears on my motorcycle.

Curious - anyone else ever have a foot injury like the one I described that could similarly be related to shifting?
 

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Gout? I'm no doctor, just a WAG. It could be arthritis. Sometimes you best leave it up to an Orthopedic specialist. Hope you get it resolved bike fever is tuff when you can't enjoy the ride with aches and pains.
 

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Gout? I'm no doctor, just a WAG. It could be arthritis. Sometimes you best leave it up to an Orthopedic specialist. Hope you get it resolved bike fever is tuff when you can't enjoy the ride with aches and pains.
Could be as my doc put me on a daily dose of 300mg Allopurinol 5-6 years ago after gout attacked my elbow and foot. No problems since unless I consume about a pound of shrimp or shellfish or eat too much of a good thing like beef tips in a rich salty burgundy sauce. Sure is fun getting old! Side note - I'm officially 66 as of today and in decent shape otherwise - 1/2 hour workout at the health club 4-5 days a week, 5'9" 175lbs. Hope this heals as I'm not giving up my motorcycle for hopefully another decade.
 

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I see a DCT in your future.;)
That's certainly an option to keep in mind. Actually, although I did take a look before posting for an existing topic - I didn't find one but I now see a suggested existing post about the topic that I missed - it's titled "Arthritis and Riding Enjoyably" on the General MC Message Board.
 

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"Honey! It looks like I am going to have to trade the bike for a new DCT model that allows me to shift with my hand or even self shift. Health comes first, Dear." On a more serious note, it could be gout or even early neuropathy of pre-diabetes or diabetes. Easy to get checked for both, the blood glucose level is an easy self-test.

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Yes I have begun to have a similar problem that I have not had in shifting for 40 years. My toes starting hurting about 1 year ago but only shifting ie no problem in any other activity. On examination, I found the left toe of my Timberland boots has gotten very soft so my solution was buying newer boots!
 

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Sorry to hear of your situation. Podiatrist would be my thought for specific foot diagnosis and care if insurance permits. Stress to the doctor about your quality of life with this ailment. Hopefully it will be a temporary setback. Speedy recovery.

Other than riding (Oh! wait for me to slap myself for that) your daily quality of life is important physically and mentally. Injury as we age is like one step forward and two steps back. I’m guessing your ankle is ok, so after doctor’s care maybe a quality good fitting motorcycle boot may help in shifting.

I would agree with other members that this would be a great reason for a DCT motorcycle. Best of luck.
 

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Is the shift lever adjustable on the MTs? I'm wondering if gluing a pad to the bottom of the shift lever to spread out the pressure would help, and/or a pad over your foot inside your shoe or boot.
 
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This may just fall into the "You're Just Getting Old..." category but my left foot started getting sorer by the day over the last week. At first I thought I had somehow broke a bone at the base of my second toe - the one next to the big toe as that seemed to be the sore point. However, it's gradually spread from there to the third toe and yesterday the middle of my foot was so sore I had trouble walking. As I was riding yesterday, I realized it was getting aggravated each time I shifted gears - the upshifts were what was really the culprit - the motion of using the toes is what I think has caused the injuiry. I've read that these things could get pretty serious and found out the mid-foot area contains what's called the Lisfranc joint which is apparently where a bunch of bones and tendons come together.

I hope it's something other than the Lisfranc joint as that can be serious and put you out of commission for a long time. By the same token, I try to figure out what's caused an injury because a doctor's visit only lasts 5-10 minutes and sometimes its things you can figure out yourself. As another example, the base of both of my thumbs were sore and swollen and it took me a month or so to realize its because I use my cell phone so much for playing games and surfing the internet and the manner in which I was holding my cell phone is why the thumb bases were injured. In this case, I think its from me just shifting gears on my motorcycle.

Curious - anyone else ever have a foot injury like the one I described that could similarly be related to shifting?
I had a Lisfranc joint sprain and it was caused by dropping something heavy on my foot. It was very painful to walk.
I was advised to get custom made orthotics and that cleared it up in about 2 months.
 

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I had Gout and let me tell you this, down shifting no problem, up shift was a different story all together… you don’t feel it with a healthy toe but with gout you get to experience all the nuances of the shift.. it actually kicks back a little and that my friends will have you at the podiatrist in a hurry..

hope this helps…



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I had Gout and let me tell you this, down shifting no problem, up shift was a different story all together… you don’t feel it with a healthy toe but with gout you get to experience all the nuances of the shift.. it actually kicks back a little and that my friends will have you at the podiatrist in a hurry..

hope this helps…



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I'm hoping its just a gout issue as I know I can control that myself by my diet. Another issue that probably contributed to it is that although I won't ride my cycle with shorts on, it's been so hot out here in Wisconsin the past 2-3 days that I've been wearing......Crocs. Ok - everyone can start chastising me for wearing Crocs - regardless of whether I'm on a bike or not...lol. In the event some of you really want to pile it on - I wear long pants but I never wear a helmet - yes - I'm one of :"those" guys. Wore one in Miami for the ten years I lived there during college and working a few years there afterwards only because it was a law back then. Never wore one in Illinois where I grew up and never once since. I just feel like my vision and hearing is compromised with a helmet.
 

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I'm hoping its just a gout issue as I know I can control that myself by my diet. Another issue that probably contributed to it is that although I won't ride my cycle with shorts on, it's been so hot out here in Wisconsin the past 2-3 days that I've been wearing......Crocs. Ok - everyone can start chastising me for wearing Crocs - regardless of whether I'm on a bike or not...lol. In the event some of you really want to pile it on - I wear long pants but I never wear a helmet - yes - I'm one of :"those" guys. Wore one in Miami for the ten years I lived there during college and working a few years there afterwards only because it was a law back then. Never wore one in Illinois where I grew up and never once since. I just feel like my vision and hearing is compromised with a helmet.
You feel that your vision and hearing are compromised by a helmet because they are. Happy birthday. I hope you get the pain to go away.
 
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I'm hoping its just a gout issue as I know I can control that myself by my diet. Another issue that probably contributed to it is that although I won't ride my cycle with shorts on, it's been so hot out here in Wisconsin the past 2-3 days that I've been wearing......Crocs. Ok - everyone can start chastising me for wearing Crocs - regardless of whether I'm on a bike or not...lol. In the event some of you really want to pile it on - I wear long pants but I never wear a helmet - yes - I'm one of :"those" guys. Wore one in Miami for the ten years I lived there during college and working a few years there afterwards only because it was a law back then. Never wore one in Illinois where I grew up and never once since. I just feel like my vision and hearing is compromised with a helmet.
I will be on the look out for a guy with crocs and no helmet with a sore toe at the Kwik Trip, 😁
 

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Just a suggestion here: Maybe place a popsicle stick on the front of your boot (where you shift) that may ease the pressure on your toes.. using two sided sticky tape...This helped me last year when I broke my big toe, shifting hurt big time, BUT once I placed that P. stick there, I could shift w/o any pain or pressure.. Sounds silly, BUT it worked great..

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6/22/22
 
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