Ever suffered from cycling related foot pain? We ask the experts about the causes and how to overcome it

Have you been suffering from sore feet the morning after a big ride, or worse still during a ride? Here’s the experts’ advice on how to combat it

Image shows someones feet in cycling shoes
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The foot-pedal interface is one of three contact points where we interact with the bicycle, and the point where most force is applied and transferred to propel our bikes. It is no surprise then, that many cyclists experience foot pain and other issues at this point. The extreme level of repetition related to cycling and an increase in the time spent on bikes contributes to its prevalence. 

An Australian study in 2012 found that over half of cyclists (53.9%) reported experiencing foot pain whilst cycling, with the forefoot region the most likely to be affected (61% of all foot pain reported). The group of cyclists with greatest risk of developing foot pain were those who ride with an attached foot-pedal interface (clipless or toe straps/cages), where force is transferred through a small contact area.

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Nicole Oh is a physiotherapist and bike fitter, with training in biomechanical assessments, sports injury rehabilitation, acupuncture and clinical pilates.

A competitive cyclist with a background in triathlon, Nicole raced at National level in the UK, also managing and co-founding the Les Filles Racing Team. Having moved to Sydney, she works as a physiotherapist at The Body Mechanic and continues to race competitively.