New road rider - Achilles Tendonitis
New to the forum and road cycling, enjoy the odd MTB at thetford or Sherwood pines but decided I need something more regular to keep fit and obsess over.
Anyway decided that this was it and bought a 2013 Specialized Allez to start me off, also bought the Specialized Road Sport shoes with Shimano R540 SPD-SL pedals.
Been for all of 5 rides since, once a week starting of with 20miles, then 25mile rides. The last time I did 1hr 20min on the turbo trainer and then after that I came away with Achilles tendonitis in both feet.
I had a little pain on the cross trainer about 2 months before but I stopped and it went, but this time its persistant. I rested for a week and saw the Physio who said I had plantar Fascitis & AT, he told me to ice it and do eccentric calf work and stretches. Also not sure if the eccentrics just aggrevate it....
It is better to the point that I can walk but is still a bit sore randomly after sitting at work and driving, It's now 6 weeks later and the LBS have done a bike fitting and said they had my cleats too far forward by 6 or 7mm.
I then decided to do 15mins spinning on my bike last night for the first time and as soon as I put my shoes on I could feel the heel tab on my achilles, but when I cycled it went. Got off and felt pretty good apart from a numb big toe on my left foot.
This morning my achilles are a bit tender but not very noticable, can overtightening the velcro straps be causing the Achilles Tendonitis? Or even the shoe heel tab, they are tight but the bike shop think they are the correct fit?
Or could it be that the cleats being too far forward is the main cause of the issue and I'm being too eager to get back on the bike?
Any advice from others experience would be appreciated, sorry for the amount of waffle but its very frustrating.
Thanks in advance