Do you suffer from sore feet after a bike ride, or during a ride?
Foot pain due to biking is common. Soreness can be caused by ill-fitting footwear or incorrect cleat position.
Pain may be the result of an underlying foot condition such as plantar fasciitis or another issue. To learn more, keep reading!
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Poorly fitting cycling shoes may cause blisters and skin sores. An ill-fitting pair of shoes can compress the metatarsal arch (across the ball of the foot), leading to foot numbness and sharp, stabbing pains.
The plantar fascia is a broad, thick band of connective tissue that forms a protective layer over the arch of your foot. One of the most likely causes of pain in the arch of your foot is inflammation, strain or repetitive micro-tears of the plantar fascia.
This condition is called plantar fasciitis and is very common among cyclists and others whose activities place large amounts of stress on the underside of the foot.
Finding a comfortable pair of wicking socks and good pair of cycling shoes that support your arches can help prevent problems. Many of the top brands include different sized wedges that slide into the insole to tailor the fit to suit. Correct cleat position, cleat tension and bike set-up will also help.
Seeing a foot doctor is a good starting point if you are having problems with your feet. He or she will help to ascertain which type of foot condition you are suffering from, and will offer advice on rehab exercises and how to manage your symptoms.
Foot doctors have access to a wide range of insoles called chairside shoe orthotics. These products can be adjusted or molded to an individual’s requirements, offering additional support for those with over-pronation and/or flat feet. A foot doctor can also have a permanent pair of orthotics constructed for a patient.
Foot arch soreness or discomfort often responds well to a simple strengthening and flexibility route. Ask your foot doctor about exercises immediately before and after each ride, and 24 hours after to alleviate foot pain.
If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.