Cycling for Fitness…..And Your Feet!!

Cycling is a great way to get some cardiovascular exercise and stay fit! Riding a bicycle is an especially good choice for individuals with knee or feet problems. There is a wealth of studies indicating the benefits of daily exercise as well as the benefits of ‘non-weight bearing' in cases of healing injury or pathology to the lower extremity. While there are many positives to using cycling in your workouts, there are a number of problems that can arise.

Stress fractures are one type of problem that can be caused by any type of overuse or increase in activity. Other types of injuries can occur by not having the proper fit. Just as improper shoe size can complicate or cause injury, a bicycle that is not adjusted to your limb length, height, etc can cause a number of problems. Sore ‘calves', pain between your toes, or pain in your feet are all problems that can be associated with improper foot/pedal placement. Pain or discomfort in your knee (‘cyclists knee'), ‘hamstrings', side of your leg, or hip can all result from a seat that is placed too high or too low. It is a good idea to have a professional help you achieve the proper fit to your bicycle in order to repair or prevent cycle associated injuries.

Remember your local podiatrist, Dr. Thomajan, is trained in all aspects of medicine. A specialist of the foot must still be aware of the individuals overall heath and receives training accordingly. If any of the problems mentioned are afflicting your cycling routine, make an appointment to come by AFAS. Until next time, stay active, and stay healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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