The Hazards of Cycling
Bicycling is a great form of exercise that has become very popular in recent years. But just because there’s little or no impact between your feet and the ground while you ride doesn’t meet that you aren’t susceptible to injury and foot pain. Different chronic injuries can develop as a result of the repetitive nature of cycling, which requires thousands of rotations of the pedal every hour. Professional bikers who ride for hours each week are especially vulnerable to injury.
Even the slightest degree of imbalance or biomechanical impairment such as flat feet or plantar fasciitis can cause chronic injury as the incorrect patterning in the legs and feet are repeated thousands of times. Poor biomechanics such as over-pronation in the ankle or collapsed arches can result in excessive movement of the knees while pedaling and place tremendous pressure on the lower extremities, causing misalignment between the leg and the foot while leads to foot pain. Bikers may not suffer from the effects of imperfect biomechanics during short rides, because they learn how to compensate for these deficiencies, but the longer the ride, the harder it is for the muscles to compensate for other flaws.
How Orthotics Help Cyclists
The majority of the pressure while cycling is applied to the ball of the foot, unlike other sports in which the rear part of the foot absorbs most of the shock and pressure. That’s why cyclists need unique foot orthotics that create a balance between the athlete’s biomechanics and the mechanics of the bicycle and the pedaling motion. Custom-made orthotic insoles are specifically designed to distribute pressure on the foot evenly while cycling, help cyclists maximize the power applied with each rotation of the pedal for more effective cycling, and reduce stress on the foot, ankle, knees and muscles. A specialist can fit you for custom-made foot orthotics that are tailored specifically for your foot shape and structure and your personal cycling habits and preferences.
Custom-Made Cycling Orthotics
Orthotic inserts improve the fit of your shoes which keeps your feet comfortable while you ride so that you can reach optimal performance without any pain or discomfort. They help keep your feet cool and dry to prevent soreness and irritation from developing during long rides. Cycling orthotics are lightweight to avoiding adding mass and bulk to your feet. All types of bike riders can benefit from designated custom-made orthotics, from competitive professional cyclists, to people who use their bikes to commute, and amateur road cyclists and mountain bikers.