Reasons why you might need cycling insoles
There are many reasons why cyclists, including professional road and track racers, decide to ditch their factory-fitted insoles, even if they come with top of the range cycling shoes.
While custom-made arch support insoles are available, they are expensive. However, there are still many advantages to be gained from investing in a pair of non-custom FootActive cycling shoe insoles and here are just a few of the main ones.
The best insoles for cycling shoes improve performance by providing a stable base from which to push through the pedal, optimising the efficiency of every stroke.
Cycling insoles or gel inserts for cycling shoes also provide essential support for the foot which, in turn, encourages proper knee alignment, lessens knee wobble and reduces energy loss by stopping excessive pronation.
Pronation is the normal and natural movement of the feet when cycling, walking, running or landing after jumping.
If your cycling insoles do provide full support, with a pronounced heel cradle and arch support, you also feel more connected to your bike as you drive energy through your forefoot.
Poor musculoskeletal alignment during cycling can result in all types of foot problems.
With road cycling insoles, you can promote proper alignment and avoid ongoing irritation to the joints and muscles in your feet. This could eventually lead to many painful conditions, such as achilles tendonitis, metatarsalgia and plantar fasciitis, the cause of heel spurs.
When cycling, the force generated from your lower limbs is transferred to the pedal via the many small joints in your foot. Irregular amounts of force passing through these joints can lead to them being compressed, which can result in neural pain and even tissue damage.
One of the most important features of cycling insoles is that they can help you avoid this type of injury by cushioning impact, fully supporting the foot and evenly distributing the force running through it. By assisting proper alignment, cycling shoe insoles also can help prevent knee pain and back pain.