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Old 07-21-16, 03:18 PM   #1
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adapting position for fused ankle

My Dad has a fused ankle from an injury many years ago. The foot is much larger then it should be but the leg is shorter than the undamaged leg. He enjoys cycling and rides often 100+ miles a week. His pedaling mechanics are very bad and his position is terrible due to the ankle. He recently has been suffering lots of pain in his good leg's knee.

I have draw a picture of what the pedaling resembles from the rear. His good leg, (left) often appears like the saddle is much to low. His bad leg is stretching as if the saddle is far too high. His entire upper body leans dramaticaly to the right as his bad foot reaches the bottom of the stroke. A couple years ago he tried more shims under his SPD-SL cleats which helped some but adding more shims probably won't work as his cleat is well over an inch from the shoe.

There are no professionals in the area that could help, not that he'd probably go anyway.

Any ideas on something to try? Anyone with a similar issue can offer advise.

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Get the widest pedal you can find
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Need a little video of him ridding...

Wide pedal, set up both sides for the gimp foot, Pressure on the knee most likely coming from the toe out when he is walking...

Really need to look close and make any changes slowly...

I feel for him...
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