Orthotics made for cycling are different from those designed for daily activities or running. Because walking is a heel-strike activity, orthotics are designed to support the feet from heel strike through to toe off. Cycling is a forefoot activity. It’s the ball of the foot that receives the majority of the load and feels pressure from the pedal.
Orthotics made for cycling, therefore, must be “forefoot posted”. The hindfoot of the orthotics will be a very low profile. Materials used in cycling orthotics are generally very light.
What are the Benefits of Cycling Orthotics?
A cycling orthotic helps improve the biomechanical alignment of the lower limb and foot to achieve a more linear cycling motion. Think about how a piston moves. Any deviation away from its plane of motion causes a dissipation of force. Cycling orthotics achieve greater force transference by reducing tibial rotation or twisting of the foot whilst in the cycling shoe. The orthotic supports the foot to allow it to become a more rigid lever and enable optimum power transfer from shoe to pedal.
Cycling orthotics are custom made (often carbon fibre) insoles that are specifically designed for cycling. They also have the ability to reduce forefoot pressure and pressure on the toes by appropriately re-distributing the forces throughout foot. This is very effective at eliminating that painful burning sensation cyclists get in their feet when they ride.
Cycling Biomechanical Assessment and the Making of Custom Cycling Orthotics
Your bike and cycling shoes will be needed for our podiatrist to assess and design your orthotics. The cycling assessment involves a bike screening procedure that looks at how your body moves, muscle length-tension relationships, bike set up, ergonomics on the bike, and available joint range of motion of certain joints required to be efficient on your bike. A bike fit will also be performed to look at how your bike is set for you.
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|Your bike and cycling shoes will be needed for our podiatrist to assess and design your orthotics.
|Marking of foot joints and shoes
|Cycling gait analysis video
|A bike fit will be performed
|Cycling orthotics in the making
|Podiatrist checking on cycling gaits and posture during orthotics fitting
Give us a call at 6836 8144 if you would like to find out more about our cycling analysis and cycling orthotics services. My FootDr podiatrists are highly trained and skilled at managing and resolving foot and lower limb conditions holistically.