How to prevent saddle sores

Saddle sores or ischial hygromas as they are known in the aesculapian plain, are fluid filled cysts which form under the sit bones in the tissue between the skin and the bone. A combination of pressure and shear forces causes the connective tissue to necrose ( die ) and form a sauk like area that is filled with fluid debris ( a cyst ). This can finally enlarge to a few centimeters in size and can become very painful to the refer, making cycling unmanageable. A potential complicatedness is the spread of bacteria to this cyst via the blood. once infected, a big abscess can form. This is obviously even more irritating and can stop even the hardest passenger in their tracks. Ask Robert Hunter who had to pull out of The Tour while within sight of the Eiffel Tower after having to stand for about the solid distance in the final individual clock trial .
A small saddle sore will settle if rested wholly and may never recur. however, if it is well formed and large, the vesicle will be walled off and will not disappear with rest. At this point, you will need the help of a general surgeon. They will need to amply excise the cyst to prevent it from recurring. You will then need to rest for two weeks to allow the wound to heal. Follow the steps below to reduce the risk of this afflictive blight recurring .
Steps to prevent saddle sores :

  • Ensure that your saddle height is set correctly to ensure that your pelvis remains stable. This will reduce the shear forces that can lead to saddle sores.
  • Ensure that the saddle you are currently using is the correct width. Most cycling stores will have a saddle sizer to assist with this.
  • Use a saddle with adequate padding, preferably gel. You should be able to compress the gel or foam a few mm with firm finger pressure.
  • Work on your core strength to assist with keeping your pelvis stable.
  • Purchase a good pair of cycling bibs or shorts with a high-quality and well-positioned chamois.
  • Apply a high-quality chamois cream to your sit bones before each ride.
  • Don’t hang around in your sweaty cycling kit after your ride. Get cleaned up and into dry clothes as soon as possible.

We hope this article will assist you in preventing saddle sores so you can enjoy those longer spring and Summer rides.

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