So...How does the power get to the pedal

Posted on July 17, 2015
Archive : July 2015
Category : Running & Fitness

with Le Tour de France well underway and a Brit leading the pack one of the questions which comes up when we talk to cyclists is about the use of orthotic inserts in cycling shoes…..

The scary thing is many cyclists believe that there is no need for a support inside the shoe, the thinking being quite simple, the heel is not in contact with the ground when on the bike so an orthotic support will not work….. 

so how does the power get to the pedal? What it certainly cannot do is jump from just below the knee directly to the forefoot, but that is pretty much what these people believe.  In reality when you push down on that crank the power from your leg has to travel the length of the leg, through the ankle, then the rear foot then the mid foot and finally to the forefoot where the cleat is, simple as that, no funny business it has to take that pathway, now some may say that the forces involved are directed rather than taking this route but the majority of the power has to go all the way through the route described.

So if the power goes through the ankle then the rear foot and the ankle and the rear foot are not stabilised then some of this power will be lost, if the foot is not stabilised there may be some twisting of the mid foot and again more power is lost…. so why then not stabilise the  foot with an orthotic device which will in turn  allow more of that power to get to the pedal.

Just because the foot is not in contact with the ground doe not mean that the device will not work, simply by aligning the bones of the foot we can generate a significantly greater amount of power to the pedal.  Now i am sure there has been a study done somewhere with will prove that this increases output by X percent and another which says it doesn’t work, but certainly from the people we have seen the improvement in performance is notable and comfort is also increased…..

Crazy thing is we are not talking about several £100’s of pounds, in a sport where saving 10 grams on a bolt and spending £100’s on set up and £1000’s on frames is something people do at the blink of an eye why not consider that a semi rigid orthotic insert could be the best and cheapest piece of performance enhancing kit you will buy this year AND it is totally legal

@solutions4feet we use the Superfeet custom orthotic range and can offer product suitable for most cycling shoes for less than £80 with lower cost off the shelf products available, all the orthotic product we offer have a 60 day money back guarantee…so what have you got to lose other than sore feet.