As a cyclist suffering from plantar fasciitis, it’s crucial that you understand its effects on the feet. Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition which limits mobility and decreases quality of life.
Cycling With Plantar Fasciitis
When experiencing plantar fasciitis, you may be tempted to forgo cycling or running entirely; however, these sports can actually help keep you active and fit while decreasing the chance of reinjury of your foot.
Cycling is a low-impact exercise that involves minimal repetitive contact between your feet and the ground, making it a suitable exercise option for those living with plantar fasciitis. Particularly beneficial is stationary biking as your feet won’t make contact with either floor or pedals while cycling.
Cycling with plantar fasciitis requires taking several key precautions, including starting slow and adjusting saddle height to alleviate pressure on your heel. Also, wear cycling-specific footwear and practice stretching before, during, and after each ride.
Other effective measures for treating heel pain include using an ice massager with a frozen water bottle to gently roll over ridges of your foot and provide relief. If the discomfort continues, seek medical advice from a podiatrist.
As long as your plantar fasciitis persists, avoid high-impact exercises and professional occupations that involve prolonged standing on your feet such as nursing, teaching and factory work – such occupations can place additional strain on your feet and increase your risk for plantar fasciitis.
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