Digital Cycling Assessment

Cycling is fast becoming a popular sport in Australia. This has seen an increase in the number of cycling related injuries presenting to our clinics.

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Digital Cycling Assessment Overview

Our podiatrist, Ben Harcourt holds a special interest in the biomechanics of the foot & lower limb while cycling. Due to the repetitive action of the lower limb during cycling, even the smallest malalignment or asymmetry can be the source of pain & injury.

Correct foot and leg alignment on the bike will optimise power transfer to the pedal, delay muscle fatigue, and reduce the likelihood of developing pain or injury.

Digital Cycling Assessment process

At the Gold Coast Foot Centres, a thorough foot and lower limb biomechanical assessment is coupled with a dynamic digital video assessment to accurately assess:

  • Foot, ankle, knee and pelvic alignment

  • Seat height

  • Seat fore/aft position

  • Shoe cleat position

It is important to note this is not a comprehensive bike fitting service. Ben’s expertise lies in accurately assessing foot & leg alignment/function to identify and treat the source of pain on the bike. Common injuries treated include:

  • forefoot pain/burning

  • knee pain

  • lower back pain

Following the cycling assessment, the treatment program may include:

  • cycling shoe advice

  • cycling shoe modification

  • custom-made cycling-specific orthoses may be prescribed to optimise your alignment on the bike.

  • Leg length shims are supplied to compensate for significant leg length differences. These are fitted between the cleat and the shoe. The appropriate length screws are supplied with our shims.

 

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