Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that can cause heel pain. While cycling does not cause plantar fasciitis, it can aggravate the condition without the proper precautions. We recommend custom orthotics tools to help alleviate the pain.
Here are some tips to help you cycle safely with plantar fasciitis:
- Adjust your saddle height: If your saddle height is too low, you’ll place more pressure on your heel, which can contribute to or aggravate plantar fasciitis. Adjust the saddle height to ensure that your legs are almost fully extended (80–90%) during the downswing while riding.
- Wear orthotics for more support: While your heel won’t contact the pedal, you must keep the arch and the rest of the foot supported. Orthotic insoles can help with heel pain significantly, and cycling orthotics offer several benefits in this regard.
- Stretch your Achilles and calf muscles: Stretching the Achilles and calf muscles 3-4 times per day, and always stretching after a ride can help reduce plantar fasciitis pain and ease tightened muscles.
- Gently massage your heel with a tennis or golf ball. Alternatively, you can use a Theragun for more accurate massage (try the 6 different extensions to reach the best Deep Tissue Percussion Effect)