When people think about cycling they don’t really associate it with injuries. The great thing about cycling is that it doesn’t have any impact on the joints like running does which does reduce the occurrence of injuries however they do happen. Here are some common injuries:-
Blisters can range from barely noticeable to a massive pain. People don’t usually consider them a big deal but if you have ever experienced a particularly bad blister you know that they can make even walking extremely painful and difficult. Blisters are most commonly the result of new or poorly fitting footwear. If you can’t seem to find suitable trainers to wear when cycling you may have to consider purchasing specialist cycling shoes instead.
Sprains and strains do happen in cycling most commonly in ankles, knees and hips. They are usually caused by poor positioning of your body. They can be a serious issue so don’t just think you can cycle through the pain and it will eventually go away. If you suffer from a sprain or strain consult a medical professional and take a few days off.
Bumps And Scrapes
If you cycle long enough you will eventually fall off or with your bike. This can lead to the very painful experience of sliding along a road leading to some nasty scrapes. It’s not usually something you have to see a doctor about but it is painful at the time and may need some treatment. Make sure you sterilise the wound to prevent infection and to properly dress it so that it can heal correctly.
Foot Arch Discomfort
If you are new to cycling it’s not too uncommon to experience some discomfort in the arch of your foot this comes about from using your feet to pedal the bike. If you experience this try massaging your feet after cycling as well as finding footwear that provides more support. Specialist cycling shoes are ideal for this as they have special foot and arch support features.