Video: Modifying a pair of track spikes to prevent ball of foot pain

It's time to get back in the habit of uploading more content! In this video, I show how I use a Dremel rotary tool with a sanding bit to shave away the plastic spike holder under the ball of the foot on a pair of Saucony track spikes.  The ball of my foot carries a lot more of my weight than the rest of my forefoot, but this isn't usually a problem as long as I'm in a shoe with a soft midsole.  Track spikes, however, can cause some problems, particularly when there is a spike holder sticking out immediately below the ball of my foot.  This excessive pressure can cause a lot of irritation in my foot, so something I often have to do when I get a new pair of track spikes is grind away anything that sticks out in that area.  This short video demonstrates how I go about doing that.

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John J Davis, PhD

I have been coaching runners and writing about training and injuries for over ten years. I've helped total novices, NXN-qualifying high schoolers, elite-field competitors at major marathons, and runners everywhere in between. I have a Ph.D. in Human Performance, and I do scientific research focused on the biomechanics of overuse injuries in runners. I published my first book, Modern Training and Physiology for Middle and Long-Distance Runners, in 2013.

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