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Achilles tendon pain. Advice needed.(8 posts)

Achilles tendon pain. Advice
May 14, 2002 11:43 AM
I usually set my seat as high as possible, and pedal "toes down". About 60 miles into last weekend's ride I have felt pain in my right Achilles tendon. Pain increased gradually, so I had to lower the saddle considerably, and "limp" home pedaling "toes up" with little resistance at high cadence.
Could the problem have come from my seat being too high, forcing me point my toes unnaturally too far down?
The pain had gone away after a couple of days, but now I have very little confidence in how high to set the saddle.
Did anyone else have a similar problem? If you know anything about what causes these pains, please share.
re: Achilles tendon pain. Advice needed.bike_guy
May 14, 2002 11:48 AM
You figured it out yourself. I had the same problem a few years ago, but it took me a while to find the exact cause. The problem was that I had changed saddles and on the new one there was a greater distance between the top of the saddle and the rails. This made enough of a difference to cause the pain. I lowered the saddle about 1/2 inch and all was well.
Had the same problem...JBurton
May 14, 2002 11:51 AM
and, if you do a search for "achilles tendon" in the archives, I think you will find that this is becoming a more common problem. I lowered my saddle, got some good cycling inserts for my shoes, and tweaked some other things until I am now having little or no pain at all. Be careful. Achilles Tendon trouble can be chronic and debilitating.
Watch that "toes down" stuff.Sintesi
May 14, 2002 11:58 AM
Most people's legs can't handle it. Your leg should be slightly bent, shoes flat on the pedal parallel to the ground. If your hips rock when you ride then too high. The reason only one leg hurts is because your legs are not of equal length and short one is getting the extra stress. Do not continue to aggravate the tendon or you will regret it.

This is a recurring issue. Do a search under "achilles" and "knee pain." There have been some physical therapists and physicians who have given excellent info on this subject.
My opinion from my experiencePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 14, 2002 12:10 PM
I've always pedalled toes down and never really flicked over the top so after years of hockey and then this ultimately I believe this has caused my achilles tendon to shorten over time. So if you put your saddle height (heel barely touching when pedal is at bottom) at a normal height and when your achilles tendon starts to bother you just stretch it you should be fine. I have bad trouble with it when I jog at times to as I warm up.

Hope this helps!

re: I've also endured this.dzrider
May 14, 2002 12:57 PM
Seat too low, achy knees. Seat too high, sore achilles.

Less float (Looks w/ black cleats) is better than more float for me.

Standing toe presses after riding, one leg at a time, on the edge of a step, help a lot.
I don't understand...Brooks
May 14, 2002 1:41 PM
how a seat too high gives you a sore Achilles. I've torn my Achilles and too much flex in the ankle (toes up, heels down) stretches the Achilles causing soreness and possible tendonitis or worse. Extension of the ankle (toes down), does not stretch the Achilles but does put additional stress on the lower calf muscles. Any MD's out there care to join in?

I can't explain it, but I can't deny it either.dzrider
May 15, 2002 4:40 AM
It may be that I'm flexing the tendon in a different range. I do raise my toes toward my shins as I bring my pedals up. It may be that the tendon is irritated by riding with my toe more pointed. Standing too far forward with my toes down also bothers them. I can't identify the cause with any certainty. I can report with no doubt that seat too high bothers by achilles tendons.