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Why is shoe wedging so effective?

What is shoe wedging?

Wedges are slim plastic sheets that can be placed inside the shoe or on the outside, between the cleat and your shoe. They have a greater thickness on one side meaning that they create an angle for your foot to sit on. Similar to an orthotic in a shoe, they can help your foot feel more comfortable and snug in your shoe and they help to evenly disperse the pressure that you put down though your foot, onto the shoe and onto the pedal.

Why wedge?

The vast majority of people have a slight varus tilt of their foot. This means when you sit with your legs dangling your feet are slightly tilted inwards so that the inner edge of your feet are higher than the outer edge. The pedal of your bike is perfectly horizontal and for a small number of this is the perfect fit. For the majority of us we need some help to make the interface between our foot and out shoe have a better fit.

Greater contact between foot and pedal can reduce additional movement at the foot as well as further up the leg, such as at the knee. It can improve the efficiency of movements and reduce energy waste. Many people find that their knees move inwards as they push down onto the pedal and this can be resolved in many cases with proper foot positioning and wedging the foot correctly.

Signs and symptoms of a poor fit can vary from sensations of burning or hot feet to numbness, often more noticeable with longer rides. A poor fit in the shoe can also affect other joints and commonly people can feel pain a the knee, this can be at the front or inner side of your knee or along the iliotibial band.

How to wedge correctly?

It’s about feel, alignment and power, so correct wedging can be assessed in several different ways. At Flawless Physio we use photo and video recordings with lasers to see correct alignment. But most importantly see how the individual feels with each adjustment we make. With a good bike fit it’s about making the bike feel more like an extension of yourself now a machine that you are push along.

The optimum result of a good bike fit is increased power output, greater efficiency and reduced injury risk.

 

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17:29 11 Sep 18
Went to "Flawless Physio" two weeks ago for back pain that I'd been carrying for months. Three sessions later, it's all gone! The staff was very pleasant, professional and gave me a series of simple exercises to do at home. I definitely recommend them. I'll be back, hopefully not too soon ;)
Charles Muzard
Charles Muzard
13:04 24 Sep 18
I was recommended to see James by my consultant following surgery to my ankle. He was extremely professional and knowledgable. He motivated me throughout the process and I have now returned to long distance running thanks to his help. I would recommend his services to anyone
David Burns
David Burns
19:32 08 Sep 18
Awesome team. I ended up having to seek out treatment when my back went into spasm (on going problem) whilst down visiting friends. I saw James and he was very professional and through with his treatment. More importantly he gave me a better understanding about what was going on and how to manage my injury in the future. Highly recommended!
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James Tatham
08:03 20 Sep 18
I received treatment from Vicky for a very stiff and painful neck, possibly brought on by tension. I felt confident that my therapist was knowledgeable. The service was very friendly and professional and I felt good progress from the first session already. Vicky recommended some exercises and explained how to do them with very clear diagrams and instructions. I would highly recommend Vicky
Tiziana Guffanti
Tiziana Guffanti
17:23 29 Aug 18
I would highly recommend Flawless Physio. Excellent knowledge/treatment and also brilliant customer care - following up and giving advice. Tailored rehab to suit the type and level of sport as well as lifestyle. My wife & I have been treated by both James & Victoria and they have both been great. Will continue to use for any future injury & rehab.
Joe Gomes
Joe Gomes
19:11 30 Mar 19
I saw Victoria for my dodgy shoulder, and she was brilliant. Very professional And knowledgeable, she really took time to explain what was going on and to treat it. She followed up with me to check I was getting on well with the exercises. She is also really accommodating with timings for appointments. I couldn't recommend more highly, thank you Victoria!
Fiona Hall
Fiona Hall
08:35 27 Mar 19
First class. Had 4 or 5 appointments with Victoria that were always late in the evening, although you wouldn't know it. She took her time, whether that be on soft tissue work, explaining how to do an exercise, or the purpose behind it. A genuine person that wants to help and she clearly knows her stuff.
Jamie Moles
Jamie Moles
21:14 20 Jan 19
Went to flawless physio and vic was great! Training for a marathon and she was very understanding and helpful. Living in the Twickenham area so was in great location! Her specialist knowledge in knee injuries was able to get me back running in two weeks 🏃🏼‍♀️
Ruth Herlihy
Ruth Herlihy
23:44 25 Jan 19
I injured my leg (ITB) training for the Berlin Marathon and then made it far worse it by trying to run it. Victoria has been essential in my recovery, helping me understand how to strengthen the right muscle groups and get back to running. I have been very impressed by the depth of knowledge and insight. This weekend I will run the Cancer Research 10km. Thank you!
Paul Carpenter
Paul Carpenter
17:02 28 Jan 19
Really impressed with the service provided at Flawless Physio. Vicky was knowledgeable, professional and her invaluable treatment and advice got me to the start of this year’s marathon when I’d had to stop running with 8weeks to go. Without the advice and care I received at Flawless Physio, at best I’d have limped my way round the course and at worst, not been able to take part at all. Definitely recommend!
Katy Gomes
Katy Gomes
11:03 30 May 19
James helped resolve a hamstring injury that had troubled me for the best part of a year. I'll certainly use Flawless Physio for any future issues. Highly recommended.
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Sandeep C
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