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Don Pajarito Rookie 1 posts since
Oct 26, 2007
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Oct 29, 2007 3:10 PM

Ankle Pain--Injury?


Hello Everyone,



I am a novice rider (and I mean novice, having spent many hours on a spin bike and only a couple of times on the road) that got into spin classes earlier in the year with the goal of hitting the road soon.



I've been shown how to position myself, pedal with flat feet, etc and I've never experienced pain while pedaling or afterwards.  Now after the Summer of getting out a few times on the road and more spin classes, I have a constant pain on the bottom right part of the ball of my ankle.   If my foot is flat on the ground, looking at my foot from behind, it hurts on the bottom right side, directly behind my foot (not in any part under the ankle).



What is this?  What should I do to fix it?  I've been told I may be in danger of my tendon snapping and now I'm worried.  It does hurt at about a 3 or 4 all the time now.  I haven't been on a bike for about 3 weeks and it's not getting better.



Thank you in advance for your help and advice.




  • cyclingMasterInstructor Rookie 5 posts since
    Oct 25, 2007
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    1. Oct 30, 2007 8:26 PM (in response to Don Pajarito)
    Re: Ankle Pain--Injury?





    As a Master Instructor in Indoor Cycling , I would first ask do you have cycling shoes and do you clip in? If you do are teh cleats prorperly adjusted and aligned. Than I would make sure you are correctly set up on the bike, both indoor and outdoors.



    Last if you are I would say ; you should go see a specialist , one that specializes in feet and athlete sport related problems.



    You can check out my website: on the blog I have covered a lot of this lately.



    Best of luck to you






  • Cycling Mob Rookie 3 posts since
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    2. Jan 11, 2009 5:27 PM (in response to Don Pajarito)
    Re: Ankle Pain--Injury?

    You might want to check out some custom orthotics. You can get them fitted to work inside yor cycling shoes. Many people have one leg a bit shorter than the other and that could be causing your issue. Good luck.


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  • MotiveForcer Community Moderator 448 posts since
    Jul 9, 2007
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    3. Feb 14, 2009 5:26 AM (in response to Don Pajarito)
    Re: Ankle Pain--Injury?


    Hi Don,



    May I suggest that you see a doctor?  An orthopedic doctor or a physiatrist.  While you did not state your age, older individuals may be at greater risk for tendon injuries.  Nevertheless, if you have been stretching and exercising it may not be likely that you will "snap" it.  The calcaneous bone is the heel bone.  The achilles tendon is fixed down there and you may have injured it.  Your physician should make the diagnosis. 



    In the meantime, using a footbed is a good suggestion but inside a bike shoe.  Bike shoes are more rigid than running or workout shoes and the energy is transfered to the pedal more efficiently because you are not using your foot muscles and tendons to hold the foot in a rigid position. The rigid sole does much of that work for you.  Most spinners opt for mountain bike type shoes which have a recessed CLEAT and you can walk in them as a result.  In addition, many of the gyms have spinning bikes that are equipped with SPD mtn type pedals.  An excellent footbed to consider is made by ALINE. Check out  This product works brilliantly in cycling shoes, is modifiable and can go in other shoes as well including ski boots.  Your position on the bike may also be relevant.  If a saddle height is too high, or perhaps even set back to far, you might incur strain on the tendon.



    I'm not sure  why clipping in, as mentioned by the instructor would make a difference.  Clips are those cage like devices we see in the gym and on entry level bikes.  In the gym they are okay but do not compare in efficiency or safety in my view to cleated shoe pedal combinations which have been on the market for over 25 years now and first introduced by LOOK.  



    No doubt a physician will recommend rest but if you have a tear it may be important to find out sooner than later.



    Good luck.






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