Tendinitis in cycling

Tendinitis in cycling

The impact that cycling has on tendons and ligaments is usually rather low. It’s, however, possible to develop annoying tendinitis in case of asymmetries and skeletal dysmorphisms.
More commonly, the problem is related to an incorrect position on the saddle or the use of unsuitable components.

The scientific term is calcaneal tendon, this is the largest body tendon (about 15 cm) and connects the calf to the ankle.
In cycling, his work is quite limited because the foot remains almost static and the weight of the cyclist himself discharge on the bike. However, it’s possible to develop tendinitis: the symptoms include swelling and pain in the heel region.

Generally the causes of the cyclist’s tendonitis are found in an incorrect position on the saddle caused by:

  • saddle too low, which causes an excessive slope of the foot during pedaling.
  • incorrect position of the cleat, on SPD pedals you have to be careful about the position of the cleat (if too much back forces the foot to move forward) and its inclination (which must respect the natural fold of the foot).
  • insufficient saddle regression, too advanced position overloads the joints and tendons.

If the bicycle is perfectly adjusted to the cyclist’s needs, the problem may be the unsuitable shoes. It is always preferable to use appropriate shoes for the discipline practiced and avoid tennis or casual shoes.

In the case of problems related to skeletal dysmorphism or muscular problems, the biomechanical regulation can not help. The same in the case where the disease is already at an advanced stage. The best solution is to contact your doctor and make the necessary examinations and treatments.