So I saw this lovely no nonsense podiatrist today and she looked me up and down with suspicion. "Walk towards me Dan" she asked. "Now walk away from me. Keep doing that for a bit". I did as I was told and after a few minutes she said she knew what was wrong with me. I'd been suffering from aches and pains in my groin and shins, rendering me useless for running. I'd discovered C25K in April and was ecstatic to have completed the program with ZERO problems.
Alas I was fortunate not to have injured myself further, because today the podiatrist lay me on her couch and told me that one leg was shorter than the other (or longer than the other - whichever way you look at it!). She "mimed" at how my body had been compensating whilst I ran with uneven lengthed legs and it looked horrendous! As my left leg landed (the shorter of the two) and then took off again, my right leg had to twist to maintain my forward motion. Instead of moving forward in a straight line keeping my ankles straight and supported, I was kind of twisting myself along in the most alarming fashion! This along with my flat footedness had left me with weak ankles, unused foot muscles and shin pain!
I was measured up for orthotics which she fitted on the spot. She added 5mm to my left heel to raise me up a bit and then told me to try my running shoes on. Well the difference was amazing. I actually felt upright, which sounds weird, but when I compare to how I stand without any support the difference was black and white. I left with my orthotics fitted, a little spiky rubber ball to exercise my feet and ankle muscles and an instruction to stretch my calves every day.
So my next adventure will be my first run for ages with a hopefully corrected gait. I will let you know the progress.
I know others have said to me on many occasions "Dan get yourself checked out!" and I've hummed and hah'd and dilly dallied. But I'm glad I saw someone who is a muscularskeletal specialist, I'm glad I was told I had a "hippety hoppity" walk, I'm glad I feel I've done something positive to get my body safe for running. It wasn't cheap, but then.......I couldn't run, so I feel it's a good investment.
Happy weekend everyone. I can't wait to get out there and run in a straight line!!!