Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Miles City, MT
Bikes: Holdsworth Record, Bianchi San Remo, DeSalvo
Riding with an ankle brace
I've searched and read some of the messages about cycling specific orthotics and LeMond Lewedges, but I'm curious if anyone has experience riding with an ankle brace. After many years I'm going to get orthotics. An in-shoe orthotic will work on my right foot, but the left is in worse shape and will require a polypropylene brace which will fit in the shoe and go up the leg. I have high arches and for many years have suffered with chronic left ankle sprains. As I tire when cycling, my left heel swings outward and puts pressure on pedal, etc. I had one pedal blow apart at the end of a week tour and feel this undue pressure was a big part of the problem. I am seeking information from others with knowledge in this area, as to what to expect and any suggestions that might help me adapt to the situation. I think the brace and orthotic will make a big improvement in my every day life, but I am concerned about cycling. I'm 5'8" tall, weigh 152 lbs, and ride a road bicycle 1500 to 2000 miles a year. I mainly commute, but have ridden on two 450 mile week long tours. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.