There are two previous posts that provide background to this one:
I felt really quite depressed after the last update. I felt that the eight weeks of rest had been pretty much wasted and the foot was no better, despite what the Podiatrist had said. I decided to get a second opinion and this time I wanted a proper biomechanical assessment of the foot. I had an idea this involved cameras and a treadmill and some gait analysis, but it doesn’t – at least not in the mind of the Podiatrist I selected in Warrington.
He fettled with the foot, used his hands to understand how the foot worked, looked at my lower legs and thighs and came to the conclusion that I had one leg slightly longer than the other (by about 5-7mm) and that the tibias in both legs (shin bones to you and me) were slightly curved. This resulted in, or was contributory to, a slight overpronation when i walked. This basically means that I twist my feet slightly every time they hit the floor.
Over years and heavy use this can lead to the sort of problems I’ve been having with my feet – apparently. I still wasn’t convinced, I must admit. I’ve been walking on these feet for 49 years – hill walking properly for almost 10, so why was this happening now – and why in only one foot. The guy explained that too – cumulative effects over time result in damage and my two feet are different, so why would both be affected at the same time? He recommended some Orthotics, which I duly ordered. The overall cost of the consultation and the insoles came to £75 – which I’m hardly in a position to afford at the moment, but I thought if they fix the problem it will be money well spent.
In the meantime I have been hillwalking again. I’ve done every Saturday for the last 3 weeks now and one or two walks in between. The longest and most strenuous was walking from Edale to Hadfield – about 19 miles along the Pennine Way, with Chris Pilgrim (@PilgrimChris) and Dean Read (@dean_read), who are doing the whole walk. The foot was a bit twingey at the start of the day, but by the end it felt fine.
Today it feels like it did before this problem began! It feels like I’ve got a new foot back. I’m not sure how this has come about – seeing as I’ve not even tried the orthotics yet – I only picked them up yesterday. But the foot feels fine – I’m incredibly happy, relieved and really looking forward to the Southern Upland Way now!
Perhaps all I needed was a little patience – here’s hoping this in an end to the problems, but if not I have the orthotics to fall back on.