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Does anyone wear orthotics?(16 posts)

Does anyone wear orthotics?funknuggets
Apr 18, 2003 9:02 AM
Just curious, does anyone use orthotics in their cycling shoes? The fit and shape of my mtn vs road shoes is dramatically different and I was considering the use of custom orthotics to provide some consistency from shoe to shoe. However, it got me wondering, do you think the use of orthotics would even do anything to improve your pedal stroke? Im thinking no, since the pedal meets your foot at one point, but wanted to know what everyone else's experience is, since I had good results with custom orthotics as a distance runner in HS and college.

I know, I know, I know... the weight, the weight...

Thanks in advance:
re: Does anyone wear orthotics?No_sprint
Apr 18, 2003 9:10 AM
I use Superfeet footbeds, not custom orthotics.
Apr 18, 2003 9:10 AM
Orthotics are great for the stresses and biomechanical fragilties of running. I cant ~picture~ it helping in cycling, unless one has a far-from typical foot structure.

If you're looking for consistency from mtn to road, why not simply where your mountain shoes on the road? Makes for comfier walking, anyway.
Orthotics are a big help for flat feetBergMann
Apr 18, 2003 9:28 AM
I use orthotics in all of my athletic footwear - running, cycling, hiking, skiing etc.
I have an extremely narrow (BB width), flat foot, so I don't really have an option: I need the orthotic to eat up volume so I can wear even the narrowest of lasts.

That said, in the winter I often run the whimpy, stock insoles that come in my mountain shoes so I can layer liners and wool socks. While I don't notice a major difference in pedaling dynamics, I do miss the lack of sufficient arch support and the tarsal ball my orthotic has.

If you're concerned about consistency of feel/fit, the orthotics will help. As for weight, avoid the heavier cork orthotics (they break down too fast and are a pain to keep clean), and go for the lighter-weight foam jobs. I have both single density and multi-density foam orthotics (using different foam densities for heel, arch, & forefoot areas), and to be perfectly honest, I prefer the simpler, lighter single density units.
My favorite orthotics weigh just 40-60g per pair more than the average set of stock insoles.

Good luck!
How do you get them in your ski boots??-I can't (nm)KSC
Apr 18, 2003 3:22 PM
pull your linersBergMann
Apr 19, 2003 7:35 PM
Unbuckle the boot, hold down the heel with one hand, and grab the back of your liner cuff with the other. Now peel that bad boy outta there like you're peelin' a banana (pull up and foreward).
Once you've got it free of the shell you're good to go.
I use previous perscription.SnowBlind
Apr 18, 2003 9:37 AM
I use orthotics made of a pliable plastic.
When my foot changed enough to require new ones, I had them shave the heel cup area to fit the cycling shoes.
One of the gals there husband is a cat2 racer, and even used the same sidi's I do, so she shaped them quite nicely.
I dont get as much arch pain on long rides using the orthotics. And they are thin enough to wear 2 layers of socks.
Cramping foot arch....orthotic solution?curtybirdychopper
Apr 18, 2003 9:41 AM
I've noticed recently after most rides that my foot arch wants to cramp all the time. I wonder if orthotics would support my arch and keep the ligametendons from stressing? Or is it the other way around?

thx for input!
See an orthopedist...BergMann
Apr 18, 2003 9:52 AM
In general an orthotic should help. There is such thing as too much and too little arch support, but that's not the only factor.
My flat, pronating feet need to be "built up" all along the inside of the foot, not just under the arch.
Take the shoes in question to an orthopedist and see what they have to say about your current liners.
Check a few things...funknuggets
Apr 18, 2003 9:58 AM
First of all, how is your mileage right now? Did you just bump up amount or intensity? Or are you coming back after a winter layoff... it may be just a conditioning thing. Also, look at your shoes, could they be flexing or wearing out? Have someone look at your positioning, is your seat too high or low? And lastly, have you suddenly started doing lots of climbing. Heavy mashing while standing could strain your arch.

Keep them nice and stretched before and after, but typically for me, this disappears after a couple of weeks.

re: Does anyone wear orthotics?Trux
Apr 18, 2003 10:32 AM
Yes. I used my custom orthodics in all my shoes (ski boots, x-country, running, etc.). I think it helps prevent fatigue when cycling, especially when standing in the pedals during a climb.
been using Superfeet for yearsgtx
Apr 18, 2003 11:22 AM
These aren't full blown orthotics, and don't really weigh any more than the generic insert they replace, but I think they really improve comfort and power transfer.
Yup, good product. nmSpunout
Apr 18, 2003 12:54 PM
re: Does anyone wear orthotics?speedfreak
Apr 19, 2003 6:17 AM
Mine don't fit in my sidi's -

i have custom hard plastic ones that just cover my heel and arch, I was having lots of trouble with tendonitis in one leg from running. They help running but i don't think they would do any good on the bike.
Another Superfeet user...DINOSAUR
Apr 19, 2003 8:26 AM
I've been using orthotics in all of my shoes since the middle 80's. I have gone through a couple of prescription type and the Superfeet seem to work the best for me. It depends if you have problems or not. I have a rigid foot and high arches and the Superfeet inserts full up my shoe and provide support. I've used the green and gray capsules. The green are more multi purporse and offer more padding. The grays have less padding and the heel is slightly elevated. Unless you have a major problem the Superfeet should work for you. I don't think they will do anything to help your pedal stroke, but they seemed to help me with a knee problem I was having (probably changed my position somewhat).....
work for me, too; foot pain gone. nmDougSloan
Apr 19, 2003 7:47 PM