Numb Toes, Blisters, Painful Bunions, Aching Arches
These are all common complaints that cyclists have about their feet.
All of these contribute to a loss of comfort and power which results in poor performance, frustration and wasted time. Your feet are your most important connection to the bike. It’s where the power is delivered to the pedals and ultimately to the road. Your feet are very sensitive so comfort is extremely important as well. If you are comfortable you will produce a lot more power.
Here are a few tips. (Your feet will thank you.)
Use a supportive insole
A supportive insole will help evenly spread the pressure under your foot. If used correctly it will help with your alignment, protect against certain injuries, and improve your power transfer.
Size your shoes appropriately
Cycling shoes are different from normal shoes and should be worn a bit tighter. It’s a fine line between too tight and not tight enough. Just remember that you want to isolate the foot inside the shoe, with little or no movement.
Use thin socks
Because of the tight fitting nature of a cycling shoe a very thin sock is warranted. Look for socks that have moisture wicking properties. In cold weather use overshoe booties instead of a thicker sock.
Don’t buckle your shoes too tight
If your shoes fit correctly you should hardly have to tighten them at all. With many of the ratcheting shoe closures on most cycling shoes it very easy to over tighten. If you find yourself cranking the straps super tight then you should revisit your shoe fit and insoles.
Check your cleat position
Cleats should be positioned to accommodate your body’s natural position and movement. The fore and aft position, cleat angle even the tilt of the cleat can all cause foot discomfort and loss of power.
Try some of these tips and see how it can improve your performance on the bike.