Recumbent - Swelling Achilles
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09-15-06, 12:46 PM
Ever since returning from a few Bike Tours on my Bent, I've been having aches just above my achilles. The area is between the achilles and the calf muscle. It's very tight. As a test, I commuted a few days this week on my diamond frame. It didn't aggravate the injury at all. Does anybody else have this problem? Am I doing something wrong?
09-15-06, 02:04 PM
It's funny that this should come up, I just got done posting to the "comfortable shoes" thread and mentioned Achilles tendons. Achilles injuries are caused when the muscle/tendon are kept too tight, then overstressed. The best protection is a strong muscle/tendon, with lots of flexibility.
I'd look at several things on the bike.
1. make sure your cleats are all the way to the heelward end of the slots. (Read the other thread.) Putting the cleat closer to the heel reduces the leverage that the tendon must resist.
2. Shorten up the seat-to-pedal distance. Stretching for the pedals tightens up the tendon and makes it more vulnerable to a tear-type injury
3. Spin, don't mash. Keeps the force down.
Also, find some exercises to do. If you look some up on the Internet, you will find most are a variation of heel lifts. Gentle stretching after exercising, too. Until the swelling goes down, try RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.)
09-15-06, 03:22 PM
also do a search for foam roller exercises. That'll likely eliminate the issue if you work with it.
09-17-06, 08:25 AM
Thanks all. I'll give these a try...
Also check into Orthodics. Can't believe the difference they made in leg pain!
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