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For approximately the past 2-3 weeks i have been experiencing achilles tendon pains. The pains come mid way though a hill when i am standing. No problems while in the saddle but it feels like it may be getting worse and is happening more frequently. While climbing all of a sudden it is like my tendon seizes up and i go back down to the saddle. Has any other person experienced this ? What could it be?

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sand-racer said:
For approximately the past 2-3 weeks i have been experiencing achilles tendon pains. The pains come mid way though a hill when i am standing. No problems while in the saddle but it feels like it may be getting worse and is happening more frequently. While climbing all of a sudden it is like my tendon seizes up and i go back down to the saddle. Has any other person experienced this ? What could it be?

Thank you Wes
Sounds like achilles tendonitis. Take care of it now before it gets worse. The problem with tendonitis is that tendons have very few blood vessels so healing can be difficult. The achilles tendon is large. This makes healing even more difficult. I've seen chronic achilles tendonitis turn to a ruputured tendon twice.
 

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Could the underlying problem possibly come from incorrect cleat setup? I have always felt that my foot should be rolled out possibly shimming it. Does anyone shim there cleats? I have never experienced any problems while walking or in my running shoes maybe it is something i should look into.

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Could the underlying problem possibly come from incorrect cleat setup? I have always felt that my foot should be rolled out possibly shimming it. Does anyone shim there cleats? I have never experienced any problems while walking or in my running shoes maybe it is something i should look into.

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If you feel that your foot should be rolled out, I think you should consider orthotics. I give strong consideration to using orthotics with just about anyone in my office with lower extremity problems. I use the slimsport orthotics from www.yoursole.com in my cycling shoes. If you want to do something to your cleat, I recommend pushing the cleat back towards your heel. This will reduce the leverage you place on your achilles tendon while standing and pedaling.
 

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sand-racer said:
For approximately the past 2-3 weeks i have been experiencing achilles tendon pains. The pains come mid way though a hill when i am standing. No problems while in the saddle but it feels like it may be getting worse and is happening more frequently. While climbing all of a sudden it is like my tendon seizes up and i go back down to the saddle. Has any other person experienced this ? What could it be?

Thank you Wes
I tend to pedal by ankling, which has caused this in the past for me. My tendinitis was caused by a muscle imbalance. I didn't take care of it very well at first and relapsed a few times before finally getting off the bike entirely for two months. That finally healed it.

My advice: Stretching, self-massage, ice, rest, and heel dips/lifts with your heels hanging off of a stair. 3 sets of a dozen quick lifts three times a day, along with stretching before and after. That's what worked for me. Oh yeah, and Sixtufit Olympia sports creme. I still use that stuff when my ankle feels tight or weird.

I also try not to ankle so much as before, which is difficult because it's natural for me. I try to use a flat foot when pedaling up hills. It seems to take the strain off of my achilles tendon, but it's a struggle to remember to do it.
 

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when you first get up in the morning? If so, it is probably typical tendonitis. Lots of stuff on the web on achilles tendonitis. You want to treat it agressively before it becomes chronic.
I second, and third, this statement. I injured mine approximately one year ago and just kind of pooh-poohed it. Eventually the tendonitis developed a tendosis on top of it. Then I went to an ortho specialist. It was explained to me that when there are tiny tears in the tendon the body tries to repair itself. Well, the Achilles is terrible at doing this. What ends up in its place is kind of a gelatinous substance. I had mine operated on May 31st and just this week I was allowed to start weight-bearing on it. The surgery involved gutting the "diseased" part of the tendon and reinforcing it with a donor tendon from the arch of my foot. Was told if I didn't have the surgery it would continue to worsen and eventually rupture, which involves a MUCH longer recovery time and most likely never returning to 100%. I have finally gotten the OK to do extremely light spinning on my bike...on the trainer. Anything will feel better than hobbling around doing nothing. My cardio fitness has tanked! I will be back though. So, to make a long story even longer, get it checked out. Find an ortho surgeon who specializes in foot/ankles.
 
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