Bicycling and Pain Part 2

Bicycling and Pain Part 2

Young man injured during riding a bike

Cycling, like any other physical activity, can come with its own set of body pains. This usually happens when a cyclist over-exerts himself, does not have good form or posture when biking or rides a bike that is not a good fit.

Here are some more of the pains that cyclists should watch out for:

Ankle Pain

When riding, ankle pain is usually the result of what we call “ankling” while pedaling. It could also be because the cyclist is flat-footed. If the latter is the case, then orthotic shoe inserts should be considered. Another possible reason for ankle pain is a bent pedal or crank which causes the foot to wobble back and forth while the pedals are turning.

Foot Pain

Discomfort in the foot is usually caused by inappropriate footwear. This is quite common with those who wear shoes that have soft soles, which results in concentrated pedal pressure on isolated areas of the foot. It could also be associated with biking in a gear that is too high for the rider, resulting in more pressure of the foot against the pedal.

Knee Pain

When done correctly, cycling is a lot less stressful to the knees compared to other aerobic activities because there’s no impact. However, injuries to the knee can still occur as a result of the wrong seat position or poor technique.

Neck Pain

Poor posture during cycling often causes neck problems. It could also be caused by poor adjustment of your helmet, especially if it’s a helmet that is sitting too far forward on the rider’s head. See, if the helmet is set too low in the front, the biker would have to tilt his head upward to make sure that his helmet is not blocking his view. Sharp and sudden backward bends can cause severe neck problems.

Back Pains

Back pain that is experienced while riding a bike is often caused by poor posture. Good posture while sitting or standing does not exactly apply to cycling. Your comfortable sitting posture will not exactly be comfortable when you’re riding a bike. Proper cycling posture should facilitate pedaling while at the same time enabling the biker to handle the jolts that come from some road irregularities. When cycling, the back should be arched similar to a bridge and not drooping forward. If you ride a bike sway-backed, bumps can cause your back to bow farther forward andthat can lead to lumbar pain.

Have you experienced any of these pains when you’re riding your bike? How did you address them? Share with us your tips on how they can be avoided!

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