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To those of you who wear orthotics in your cycling shoes(7 posts)

To those of you who wear orthotics in your cycling shoesET
Mar 7, 2002 8:55 AM
What happens when you don't?
Lots of stuff...DINOSAUR
Mar 7, 2002 9:07 AM
First, my feet can't take it. Second, my saddle is raised about 3mm higher to accomodate my orthotics and it will screw up my position. Third, my shoes are a half a size larger in order to accomodate the orthotics. I would prefer not to wear them, but I'm used to having something to push off against. I wear orthotics as I have an old achilles tendon injury from my running days. I probably couldn't ride without them without the risk of getting injured again...
re: To those of you who wear orthotics in your cycling shoestarwheel
Mar 7, 2002 9:26 AM
I wear prescription orthotics in all my walking shoes and feet start killing me if I don't. However, the orthotics won't fit in my cycling shoes. So I got some Superfeet shoe inserts for my cycling shoes, and they work fine. Kind of expensive ($28) for shoe inserts, but much cheaper than orthotics.
re: To those of you who wear orthotics in your cycling shoesmaximum15
Mar 7, 2002 9:40 AM
Don't wear orthotics in my cycling shoes, but my right leg is about a 1/4 inch shorter than the left. In my normal shoes, I wear a 1/4 inch heel lift. In my cycling shoes, I have a shim mounted under my SPEEDPLAY cleats to compensate for the length difference. If I don't wear the lift in regular shoes or use the shim on the bike, then my lower back gets out of alignment which creates muscle spasms, etc.
re: To those of you who wear orthotics in your cycling shoesjrm
Mar 7, 2002 3:19 PM
Shoe fits like crap. My feet fatique faster and the buckles and straps create hot spots on my feet.
Feet Crampgrzy
Mar 7, 2002 4:00 PM
Sounds strange, but the right foot starts to kill after about 20 miles. Then the plantar fasciitis kicks in and my feet hurt for a while. It's funny, but I don't need them in the MTB shoes - must be all the loosey-goosey stuff in the dirt vs. the locked-in aspects of the road bike system. In fact I used MTB shoes and pedals for a long time until I found some road shoes that actually fit.
You must wear them....DannyBoy
Mar 7, 2002 10:32 PM
I've just been to see a physio about my knee which has troubled me off and on for 15 years.

I'm having custom orthotics made, for both normal shoes and bike shoes. The upshot being, if you don't wear them (and you have flat feet etc) you're asking for trouble.

A while back I was told as you push from you toe an orthotic arch support doesn't do much in a bike shoe, so I never used the shop bought ones I had for biking. Been using them for 2 weeks now following different advice, knee's the best it's been in 15 years.

So if you've got'em wear em, all the time on and off the bike!!