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January 6, 2013 8:09 PM Subscribe
Why does biking make my heels hurt?
posted by fshgrl to Health & Fitness (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
After a break of a few years I started biking again this year and almost immediately started having heel pain. I also run and do other sports so after the heel pain progressed to "quite bad" I took a couple months off of doing everything except walking. Pain went away- great! Started hiking again and running, no problems. Started biking again and bam two days later my heels hurt. I feel fine while riding but a couple hours later my heels stiffen up and it hurts.
To answer the obvious questions:
-I've done tons of biking in the past with no issues.
-The pain is in the back of my heels and gets worse when I flex my foot and got diagnosed as Achilles tendonitis last summer.
-It also gets worse when I sit or first thing in the morning which sounds like plantar fascitis but the pain is absolutely not on the bottom of my foot at all, it's from the point of my heel up my ankle.
-I'm riding a 29er on tracks and mellow hiking trails and riding slowly, I ever walked the bike up the steep heels.
-I went back to large platform pedals and stiff soled bike shoes so my feet could move around and find a comfortable spot.
-I've gone to a bike shop and had them fit the bike. Two bike shops actually. They both said it looked OK. We've dinked around with pedals and stems and seats. I can comfortably ride for hours at a time on the bike, it only hurts later.
-I have strong ankles and feet, I am a barefoot runner and I also ski and skate and do various other ankle-twisty things with no problems at all. Never had any similar pain.
-It is worse in the morning.
-I've been to the doctor. He told me to rest it.
This is driving me a bit nuts. Other than getting an entirely new bike, which I'm considering, I can't figure out how or why I'm injuring myself in such a specific way after so little biking. Any input from cyclists on similar injuries and how you fixed them or on gear or technique is much appreciated.