Diabetic Foot Care Advice

The aim of this blog is to help members of the public to understand their feet better. However the information on this blog should never be regarded as medical advice. Readers with foot problems are strongly encouraged to visit their GP if not the podiatrist for further medical assessment and treatment.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Proper Shoes For Cycling

Cycling is a popular and very healthy hobby. However, many people neglect to take proper precautions to ensure that the health of their feet is not negatively impacted while cycling. People often take a great of effort to selecting the appropriate bicycle. Many cyclists do not realize that the proper shoes are important cycling equipment.

Cycling shoes must provide stability and support. The shoe needs to efficiently transfer power from your feet to the pedals. A lack of support in sneakers allows the arch of the foot to collapse through while pedaling. This compromise of the arch can cause arch pain, tendon problems, or burning under the bottom of the foot.

A good, supportive athletic shoe with significant arch support will protect the feet from the stress of pedaling. Cycling-specific athletic shoes are available. Purchasing cycling-specific shoes can be somewhat expensive. If the cyclist has foot health problems or spends a significant amount of time cycling, these can be a worthwhile investment.

If a cyclist wears orthotics for an existing foot health problem, make sure the shoes worn for cycling will accommodate them. Because cycling requires a considerable amount of forefoot activity, the doctor should be consulted on the effects of the orthotics and the effects of this activity on any foot health problems. People who have bunions, corns, hammertoes, or bunionettes should always use shoes that are wide enough not to cause further friction on the foot.

Cycling-specific shoes vary for the type of cycling activity. Some cycling-specific shoes are designed for racing, while others are for mountain biking. As long as it has excellent arch support, supportive cross-training athletic shoe is all that is necessary for someone who uses cycling as a hobby. These shoes should provide the appropriate support and heel lift necessary for cycling. One popular cross-training shoe for cycling is designed for a combination of cycling and hiking.

Serious cyclists use toe clips. A clip-less system is newer than the traditional clips. A clip-less system is a shoe and cleat ensemble. Therefore, when buying this system, the cyclist needs to be aware if the shoe fitting the system will accommodate or aggravate any current foot health problems or orthotics. Not only do proper shoes for cycling help support the foot, but can positively affect the efficiency of the expended energy during cycling.


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