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cleat positioning and knee pain...(5 posts)

cleat positioning and knee pain...mjpwooo
Oct 25, 2003 7:31 PM
Could a cleat set up incorrectly cause pain on the outside of the knee? My foot is sore today (had a 1/2IM race today) The outside of the left foot is sore, and the outside of my left knee is sore as well.

I am thinking maybe they could be related somehow. Anyone have experience with this?

Check where the ball of your foot is...BowWow
Oct 25, 2003 7:45 PM
... in relation to the pedal spindle. I had mis-adjusted my left cleat so the ball of my foot was behind the spindle, and I had a struggle with knee pain in the left knee. I moved the cleat back and the pain subsided. I also popped for a nice set of insoles, which has also helped quite a bit.

You may want to look at your heels as well. Is your foot straight, or do your heels turn slightly in or out? This may also affect the knees. Remember, the human body is rarely perfectly symmetrical, so one side may need a different setup than the other.

Good luck!
there is a decent article about this in...jtferraro
Oct 27, 2003 6:47 AM
the November Bicycling magazine. BowWow seems right on track, though.

Does your cleat have float?bimini
Oct 27, 2003 8:09 AM
I must have float or I have the same pain you discribe.

As Bowwow said check the fore aft position of the cleat. Starting point is widest part of the shoe over the shaft.

Also check the amount of float in either dirrection from your foots most comfortable position. Should be about equal either way.

Compare the position of the cleats between the two shoes. If the right is okay, move the left cleat so it matches when the shoes are placed sole to sole. There are always some differences between the left & right foot so you may need to tweek the left in from there.

Is the cleat new, pedal new, shoe new or is everything new?
re: cleat positioning and knee pain...MJ
Oct 27, 2003 8:20 AM
yes - your cleat setup can hurt your knees - I saw a PT last October who was a triathlete re a similar problem - she had me bring the bike in to look at my setup - a 15 degree adjustment and everything's better