If you have taken up bicycling for commuting, as an aerobic exercise that builds muscles too, or just as a great way to enjoy the scenery with your family, good for you! Biking gives you a great low-impact cardio workout as you tone your muscles.
We often see patients in our office who have experienced foot pain from these bicycling injuries:
- Compressive injuries can occur from wearing ill-fitting footwear, especially those that are too narrow across the ball of the foot. You’ll feel sharp pain and/or numbness as the nerves in the foot are repeatedly compressed.
- Friction or hot spot injuries are caused when your feet both sweat and swell while riding. During your ride, having this pressure on your feet can cause friction to soft tissue and a blister can develop.
Foot pain from both types of injuries can be relieved with the proper equipment. This includes a bike that is a good fit for the rider, shoes that fit well and have the appropriate footbeds, moisture-wicking socks and good foot care to keep your feet dry and healthy.
The right biking footwear that fits well and has non-slip footbeds can help prevent these issues. A cycling footbed is a cushioned insole that helps protect your feet from the cleats of the pedals. The footbed also lessens the friction as your foot moves within your shoe.
How To Choose the Right Bicycling Footbed for Your Riding Style and Your Feet
Check the footbed or insole that is in the bottom of your biking shoes. Grasp the toes and heel and give it a twist. If the footbed twists too easily, it may not have enough structure to support your feet and this can be a problem when pressing the pedals.
A bicyclist’s footbed is very different from a runner’s where the shoe must absorb quite a lot of shock from each jolting step. A cyclist’s foot must be more rigid in order to transfer power to the pedal. If your foot shifts in the shoe, you increase your risk of injury and also waste power.
Custom fitted orthotics can help reduce both compression and friction injuries to the feet while biking. With these, the footbed is tailored to your unique foot structure, posture and riding needs.In essence, a neutral shoe with a custom made footbed in the form of an orthotic can reduce your risk of injury and also improve your performance. We can fit you with the right orthotic for all of your biking needs.
We Can Help with Custom Orthotics for Any Sporting Activity
Dr. Stavros Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist, has the right experience to assess and prescribe custom orthotics to help workout and sports performance as well as avoid sports injuries. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our Chicago office. Please call us at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website.