By Coach John Hughes
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Butt, Hands & Feet: Preventing and Treating Pain in Cycling’s Pressure Points
You know from experience that pain in your butt, hands or feet makes a ride uncomfortable and may even cause a DNF.
Coach John Hughes’ eArticle will teach you what you can do to prevent pain in these areas.
He reviews the general factors that contribute to discomfort on the bike including your choice of a bike, anatomical issues, whether the bike fits you correctly, and how your fitness and technique could contribute to a problem.
Coach Hughes covers:
Saddle sores – the different types of saddle sores, the specific causes of the each type of sores, the choices of shorts and equipment you can make to help to prevent sores, the best lubricant and how to treat a sore.
Hand pain and numbness – the causes of cyclist’s palsy and Carpal tunnel syndrome, the equipment choices and different riding techniques you can use to prevent injury and how to treat an injury.
Hot foot – the cause, which is compression of the nerves in your foot, not heat, equipment choices you can make to prevent this and how to treat hot foot if it occurs during a ride.
You ride because you enjoy riding. Pain in the thighs from going hard can feel good because you enjoy the sensation of power and speed. But discomfort in one of the pressure points definitely reduces the enjoyment! Butt, Hands, Feet will help you prevent this from happening.