Proper bicycling shoes are the most important piece of your cycling equipment, especially if you have preexisting problems with your feet or wear orthotic shoe inserts. Bicyclists often develop numbness, tingling, and other neuritic symptoms in their feet after bicycling. These symptoms are result from swelling and pressure caused by the pedal under the metatarsal heads, which can lead to inflammation and compression of digital plantar nerves.
You most likely will need orthoses to control arch, heel, and forefoot balancing. If you have bunions or hammertoes, you should select wider, deeper shoes to accommodate these deformities. It’s best to purchase bicycling shoes wearing an extra pair of socks.
Pain that is persistent indicates a need to seek treatment from a sports medicine specialist familiar with cycling injuries. Dr. Babol successfully treats cyclists suffering from overuse injuries with a combination of foot orthoses and shoe modifications.
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