It helped a lot I have been hitting the hills a bit harder lately and i am sure its me dropping my heel. I noticed yesterday that it was a bit tight as well as my calf when I was riding. I did some streching on the bike and when i got hom and there was no issues this morningsteresi2 said:euphrades, Check your bike set up. Focus on keeping your pedal stroke flat (don't drop the heal so much ...especially on those tough climbs). Stretch after riding.
I have been riding pain free!!!
Hope this helps.
Bingo, try moving your cleat back on the shoe (therefore your foot moves forward relative to the pedal) effectively giving you better leverage and straining your achilles/calf a lot less.Rock7586 said:I had somthing that sounds very simular. My solution was that my cleat was not going forward enough. I needed to get the cleat right under the ball of my foot.
Once I made the change, back to my old shoes and pedals, and gave enough time to recover. Problem Solved. Pain gone
All of the above helped - but I found that moving the cleat forward on the foot that was having a problem helped me a lot, however, my case may be different from most since I have a leg that is an inch and a half shorter which make the set up difficult (the short leg was the one that had the Achilles problem).RMcSEA43 said:I struggle with the same thing all summer...kept coming back. Here's how I cracked it from advise from others:
1. 2-3 weeks off the bike. When you walk, walk with perfect posture, shoulders back and all, I was amazed how much that helped.
2. You can resume riding after the time off but every time out take a piece of cloth tape and run it vertically from under your heel right up to the bottom of your calf muscle. Brace it with 2 or 3 cross pieces of tape. This keeps your heel from dropping and stressing the tendon. You have to go lightly though, because locked in like that, you can overstress your knee...be careful. The taping really helped me keep riding without stressing the tendon and while I did exercises to strengthen the tendon (like heel rises)
3. Stretching: Back, legs, ankle rotations (both directions). Obviously, take special care with the calves. I found that stretching before riding didn't help much or even made things worse. Stretch as soon as possible after riding.
4. Iceing: Ice the tendon after stretching or at least some time before going to sleep.
5. At my age, (44) I've also found I've had to keep this maintenance up and it hasn't given me problems. When I've stopped the maintenance, the calves would start tightening, and I could tell the tendonitis was coming back. After resuming the maintenance, the discomfort would go away.
Also, it's important to try and figure out what caused the problem and fix it. The other posts had good suggestions. In my case it was a worn out cleat. I replaced it soon after getting the tendonitis, but unlike previous similar times, the pain didn't go away...sigh, I'm getting old.