As I've mentioned on here before I have had a lot of problems with my hips which have had a huge affect on my walking. However I just came back from a trip to the new forest and was taking the dog out each day while using some shop bought inserts in my wellies. It wasn't ideal but for some reason I seemed to manage a lot better than I normally do - I was sleeping better and not doing anything else but rest which probably helped and the ground was totally flat everywhere whereas at home I have slopes as soon as I step outside the door which cause huge problems with my hips. But yesterday we found a wooded walk that was very shaded and all flat and I managed to do a 1 mile circular route which is unbelievable - I can usually barely walk to the car and back. I struggled as soon as we hit an open field and it was sunny so it's clear that this is the main cause of problems for me and this morning my stomach has been so bad I wasn't sure we were going to be able to drive home so I paid the price. And my calves are absolutely killing me as the muscles there were doing all the work. But although I was in pain doing it it was nowhere near the level I usually get and it really helped that the insoles stopped my hips/ankles/knees rolling out as much as normal.
It did get me wondering if specialist orthotics would help though. Does anyone else use them and for what cause? Did they help? And is it possible to get this sorted on the NHS or have you had to go privately?
Oh and the walk was beautiful - found by accident but I thought that with the photosensitivity I'd miss out on countryside views now but this was a gem and perfect shading for me 😊