Studies show that a large majority of cyclists experience foot pain. While cycling, a great deal of force is generated through the legs, to the feet, and onto the pedals. This can cause burning pain, numbness, and sharp pain in the soles of the feet. The reason for these symptoms is thought to be a result of the nerves between the metatarsal bones coming into contact with the rider’s cleats. If the ride is long, the weather warm, and the shoe inflexible, the pain can become even worse. Experts recommend that one way to help alleviate this type of pain from cycling is to wear different shoes. Wider shoes with looser straps can increase the range of motion in the feet. In contrast, stiffer shoes, while thought to preserve energy, can also increase hot spots and swelling. For help with selecting the proper footwear for cycling or other options for foot pain that cycling may cause, please consult a podiatrist.
Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:
Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.
Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.