The long band of tissue which runs down the of our calf connecting to the bone of the heel is called the Achilles tendon.There are various exercises, especially running that can cause it to become damaged or stressed. Overuse of the calves is what typically provokes Achilles tendinitis, this can occur from cycling, however high-impact activities are what more commonly brings it on.
By building the surrounding muscles that can support the tissue, cycling can be beneficial to the Achilles tendon. When you get on a cycle after a log period of time has elapsed sin you have used it and ride for a long amount of time without gradually increasing strength, that is when injury or pain can occur. When riding uphill, the Achilles tendon will undergo significant stress. Pain or damage can also be caused by riding without having properly warmed up.
According to the Endurance Corner. Achilles tendinitis can be caused to cyclists die to incorrect bike equipment. If your pedals are misaligned and your cleats do not fit properly in the foothold, excessive pressure could be being placed on the tendon. If your foot pronates due to a pedal. Or if it is pushed way forward while riding, the tendon can be strained, this can cause discomfort and pain. When you ride, cycling shoes should rock so that there is not persistent stress. Make sure that you shoes fit properly allowing the stress of pedaling to be properly spread across the entire foot.
Although you may be able to effectively build your calf muscles by cycling avoiding tendinitis while you ride, if you have been injured due to an accident or another sport, the condition can be exacerbated by cycling. Even when you are not riding, it is important to take care of your legs. It is important to have the daily habit of wearing the correct shoes you build your muscles or that allow for rest of the Achilles tendon.
According to the Stretching Institute, you should also receive enough support from cycling shoes to prevent your ankle from turning while you ride. The pressure is taken off the Achilles tendon with shoes that have a slight heel loft, they are a great choice to wear after a long run or is the tendon is feeling a bit sensitive. To continue building calf muscles in preparation for longer rides, at other times wear shoes with lower heels.
If you do not properly prepare for a ride, cycling can take its toll on the Achilles tendon. Other than having the correct bike equipment and shoes, you should also properly stretch in preparation. Whether you are riding or not, you should stretch twice a day. Leaning with you hands against the wall while you stand around three feet away from the wall is a very effective Achilles stretching exercise. With your right knee bent, lower your body, the calf muscles in your left leg which is straight will be stretched. Without bouncing, hold the position for twenty seconds. Go back to the starting position and repeat the stretching exercise on the other leg.