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    Red face Pedals to secure foot with AFO

    I use an AFO on my left foot and I regularly use a recumbent exercise bike.

    I have trouble keeping my foot straight on the pedal and my heel twists inward, which causes my heel to hit the bar that the pedal is attached to. This makes it tough to maintain a fast speed.

    The bike has a standard pedal attachment and am looking for a pedal that I can secure my foot in to that will prevent my foot from twisting.

    Does anyone know of a pedal that will prevent my heel from turning inward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blah123 View Post
    I use an AFO on my left foot and I regularly use a recumbent exercise bike.

    I have trouble keeping my foot straight on the pedal and my heel twists inward, which causes my heel to hit the bar that the pedal is attached to. This makes it tough to maintain a fast speed.

    The bike has a standard pedal attachment and am looking for a pedal that I can secure my foot in to that will prevent my foot from twisting.

    Does anyone know of a pedal that will prevent my heel from turning inward?
    I use AFOs to walk and SPD mountain bike-style clipless pedals on both my road bike and my hybrid. I did have a little difficulty learning how to clip in and release them effectively due to my ankle weakness, but I eventually got it through a combo of practice and adjusting the pedal spring tension. I'm not sure what your particular disability is (mine affects both legs), so YMMV. But if you have the strength to use clipless, they will prevent the ankle rolling. You may also require some other adjustments and adaptations; I recommend talking to a qualified orthotist and knowledgable bike shop about your particular situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnemia View Post
    I use AFOs to walk and SPD mountain bike-style clipless pedals on both my road bike and my hybrid. I did have a little difficulty learning how to clip in and release them effectively due to my ankle weakness, but I eventually got it through a combo of practice and adjusting the pedal spring tension. I'm not sure what your particular disability is (mine affects both legs), so YMMV. But if you have the strength to use clipless, they will prevent the ankle rolling. You may also require some other adjustments and adaptations; I recommend talking to a qualified orthotist and knowledgable bike shop about your particular situation.
    Thank you for the reply. I haven't had success with the clipless type because of the amount of twisting my foot does when I pedal fast.

    I'm hoping to find something like these that really holds my foot in place.

    I may just go with that and see if it works unless something else comes up.

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    I would consider having a custom platform made with a plate built to the side which holds your heel in the placement you want, or use straps and cages to tie your foot in, and pedal extensions to move your heel away from the crank arm.
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    I'm in the same position I'm looking at either getting a trike or a recumbent bike but need something to keep my feet stabilized as they turn outward I'm guessing I'd need something to keep my feet locked in an straight to prevent them from turning out.

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    "Knee savers" by the SCOR company add a pedal mounting extension
    so your foot can turn inward. without hitting the crank arm.

    Consider an exercise bike pedal, they include a strap over the top,
    and a counterweight to keep it on top .. they're pretty low cost

    maybe add a velcro strap to its over the arch strap,
    to keep your foot from sliding out by the heel,

    of course Buying a conventional by now clip-less pedal and shoe combination
    is also a practical solution..

    many sorts now..
    the French Mavic Company had a casual user shoe
    which went with their pedal .. with a Magnet in it.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 04-27-12 at 02:05 PM.

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    Depending on how much force your feet turn with you might be able to use SpeedPlay Zero.

    http://www.speedplay.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.zero

    The Zero has builtin float left and right; but you can a adjust the travel distance of the bracket. You kick out by turn you hell out away from the crank with reasonable force.

    The advantage of these is you don't have to Lock the foot in place which would protect your needs.

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    There are a few options, short of going the megabucks therapeutic supply company route. Hunted for something for my 'new' recumbent trike.
    A word of advice- IF YOU GET A RECUMBENT TRIKE GET SOME SORT OF HEEL/FOOT RETENTION!!! Look up 'Leg Suck'. Regardless of ability or disability, your feet can (and eventually WILL) slip off the pedals! Mine came out of toe clips/straps before I knew of 'suck', luckily at low speed. I saw danger and right away rigged bungees to keep feet off the ground.
    A recumbent bike you can survive foot drag, you'll fall off to side and maybe get some scrapes & bruises. A trike you can pin your leg under the frame. Not at all forgiving.
    Depending on your purse, a couple of options.
    I'm trying these:
    http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Adjust...543382&sr=1-68
    Kind of wide, not pretty, but cheap enough to try out while I adjust to the 'bent.
    A bit more attractive and high tech, and option I'll probably go for when I'm committed to trike:
    http://poweroncycling.com/product/po...el-cup-844.htm
    Most of POC stuff made to order, and if testimonials mean anything will work with you for your needs.
    Finally, a good resource if thinking about a recumbent, and a forum to find these kind of specialty items:
    http://www.bentrideronline.com/index.php
    http://www.bentrideronline.com/messa...ad.php?t=80691
    They have links to various straps/wires etc with user reviews and how-to's.
    Last edited by rickctroop13; 08-09-12 at 03:47 PM.

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