Plantar fasciitis (Aching Heel)
While riding as a motorcycle instructor, naturally I spend many hours with my feet on the foot pegs of a motorcycle.
When I began developing very painful heels, I decided to Google it to find out why. I found out about Plantar Fascitis.
The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs along the sole from the heel to the ball of the foot.
One of its main roles is to keep the bones and joints in position.
Bruising or overstretching this ligament can cause inflammation and heel pain.
A common cause is flat feet, because the ligament is forced to overstretch as the foot spreads out and the arch flattens.
The pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after rest.
Keeping the Arches of my feet off the pegs
I had a hunch that the foot pegs might be overstretching these ligaments so I continued motorcycle instruction and began riding with only my toes or heels on the pegs.
By avoiding having the footpegs in the arches of my feet, within a month the heel pain went away.
I then knew for sure that I needed to put running boards, (also known as foot boards or floor boards), onto all of my motorcycles.
It was easy to order running boards for my Honda Shadow because it is a cruiser, however, the XLV750R was an entirely different story.
Knowing that I will spend a lot of time with my feet on the foot pegs, my only option was to make my own.
On the left is the foot peg, on the right is the brake.
I cut some pine with a jigsaw to fit the peg.
I cut some 1/4 inch plate to fit the pine.
I added a 3/8 BSW high tensile bolt.
On the left is the gear change, on the right is the foot peg.
Both running boards (floor boards) were ready to weld.
The brake was below the running board.
The gear lever was below the running board.
Definitely not good.
I had to adjust the gear lever to allow comfortable gear changing.
I designed an extension to bolt to the brake lever.
Very good. And the best part is that it can all be removed to original configuration, if I use the bike in the bush.
Nylock nuts underneath to minimise loosening.
Painted silver, it blends in superbly.
What a sexy bike indeed.
And no more sore heels. 🙂
I am so pleased with how comfortable it is to ride now.
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