Cycling Shoe Insoles & Orthotics

Tyler Dumont, physiotherapist, discusses the benefits of orthotic cycling shoes.

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Tyler Dumont, physiotherapist, discusses the benefits of orthotic cycling shoes.
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Tyler Dumont, BPE, BScPT, MSc

Duration: 1 minute, 37 seconds

In terms of orthotics in cycling shoes, historically the older cycling shoes really came with minimal to no arch support in them.

And it wasn't really a concern so much in the industry, but with, you know, recent attention to bike fitting more and more new shoe companies or new shoes are coming out with, you know, semi-customizable arch supports, and then you've got the option of putting in an orthotic.

The issue, though, is you can't really put in a running orthotic into a cycling shoe. There's not the volume there, and the control of the foot is a bit different. In a cycling shoe, because all of the pressure is through the forefoot, you really need to have some forefoot posting or support there as well as the rear foot and mid-foot support.

There's a few considerations when looking at insoles or orthotics for cycling. The regular stocking sole usually doesn't come with much support, so the first option would be go to a non-custom arch support which has a built-in bit of rigidity to it.

So it will give you more support than the stocking sole. So there's a couple of examples, like this one, or this style, which is more heat-moldable, that will give you better support than a stocking sole.

The next option is a custom cycling orthotic if you feel you need more control than what this will provide. In making your decision about arch support for cycling, probably the best option would be to see your physiotherapist. They'll assess your foot mechanics and determine how much support you might need, then can help recommend what type of orthotic or arch support you need to put into your cycling shoe.

Presenter: Mr. Tyler Dumont, Physiotherapist, Surrey, BC

Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

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