Pedal Power: Podiatry Tips for Cyclists

Cycling is not just a sport or a means of transportation; it’s a passion that takes us on thrilling adventures, whether through city streets, mountain trails, or country roads. As cyclists, we understand the joy and freedom that comes from pedalling our way to new destinations. However, the repetitive motion of cycling can put stress on our feet and ankles, leading to discomfort or even injury. In this post, we’ll explore how podiatry plays a crucial role in optimizing foot health for cyclists and share tips to keep your feet pedalling strong.

 

Understanding Cycling and Foot Mechanics.

Cycling involves a rhythmic motion of pushing down on the pedals with the feet, transferring power from the legs to the bike’s drivetrain. This repetitive motion can place strain on the feet, particularly the soles, arches, and toes. Additionally, the foot is held in a fixed position within the cycling shoe, which can affect stability and biomechanics.

 

Common Foot Issues for Cyclists:

  1. Hot Spots: Areas of increased pressure or friction on the foot, often caused by ill-fitting shoes or improper pedal alignment.
  2. Numbness and Tingling: Compression of nerves in the foot due to prolonged pressure or tight footwear.
  3. Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia, commonly experienced by cyclists due to repetitive stress on the arch of the foot.
  4. Achilles Tendonitis: Inflammation of the Achilles tendon, often resulting from overuse or improper bike fit.
  5. Morton’s Neuroma: Thickening of the tissue around a nerve in the ball of the foot, causing pain, burning, or numbness.

 

Podiatry Tips for Cyclists:

  1. Proper Bike Fit: Ensure your bike is adjusted to fit your body proportions, including saddle height, fore-aft position, and handlebar reach, to minimize strain on the feet and ankles.
  2. Cycling Shoes: Invest in quality cycling shoes that provide adequate support, stiffness, and comfort. Ensure a proper fit to prevent hot spots and numbness.
  3. Orthotics: Consider custom orthotic inserts to address biomechanical issues and provide support and alignment for the feet while cycling.
  4. Stretching and Strengthening: Incorporate foot and ankle exercises into your training routine to improve flexibility, strength, and stability.
  5. Rest and Recovery: Listen to your body and give your feet time to rest and recover after long rides. Avoid overtraining and gradually increase mileage to prevent overuse injuries.

 

When to See a Podiatrist?

If you experience persistent foot pain, discomfort, or injury while cycling, don’t ignore it. Consult a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan. A podiatrist can assess your foot mechanics, recommend appropriate footwear and orthotics, and provide interventions to alleviate pain and prevent further injury.

 

Cycling is a fantastic way to stay active, explore the outdoors, and connect with fellow enthusiasts. By prioritizing foot health and seeking guidance from a podiatrist when needed, you can enjoy the thrill of cycling while minimizing the risk of foot-related issues. Remember to listen to your body, invest in proper gear, and pedal on with confidence, knowing that your feet are well-supported and ready for the journey ahead.

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Covid-19 Update

What are we doing to protect you?

During lockdown there has been much soul searching and questioning if I should continue in Practice or not, given the level of investment required and the measures we must implement to ensure the safety of everyone. Although it will not be easy, I have decided not to be beaten and to continue with The Footings and make it as safe a practice as it could possibly be!  In future when attending clinic, you will be asked to:

 • Stand on a disinfectant mat 

• Use the hand gel provided

 • Put on a mask provided 

The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by the Podiatrist will consist of: 

• Scrubs 

• Disposable apron

• Face Mask 

• Safety Glasses 

• Mop cap 

• Disposable Gloves 

Only one person will be allowed on the premises at a time to ensure Social Distancing unless you are from the same household, or the patient requires a carer. 

• HEPA filtration unit will be constantly on during clinical sessions. 

• Deep Cleaning equipment is to be used at the end of each treatment 

• Whole room Disinfectant Fogging at the end of each session.

 • Sneeze Screens are being installed both in clinical rooms and Reception area to further ensure safety. 

As I am sure you appreciate these measures are gold standard and are being implemented to ensure safety for all concerned. As a result, I have no choice but to implement an increase in fees to reflect that standard. Therefore, Podiatry fees for consultation plus treatment will be £55. Appointments are now being prioritised for the most at risk patients, but extra clinics are being made available so we can catch up with everyone soon.