The foot position on pedals
The most important thing is that your foot is in the right position on the pedal. In this way you achieve efficient power transmission and reduce the typical complaints experienced by cyclists.
The right position
The wrong position
The small flat contact surface of a standard pedal can lead to pressure points on the sole of the foot. This compresses the surface nerves and can lead to numbness in the sole of the foot and in the toes.
A larger contact zone for the pedals distributes the pressure evenly over the entire surface. Pressure points and nerve compressions can thus be avoided or reduced. A curved surface that matches the shape of the foot assists in finding the optimal position.
Pedals with internal guide rails help to avoid contact between the foot and the pedal crank. Numbness and foot pain can thus be effectively reduced.
The tread surface of the pedals should be made of a non-slip material and provide a secure grip even when wet.