We’re into February now, I have a few small goals but I’m taking into consideration that I may need extra rest days and that’s okay. So nothing is set in stone.
I had a gait analysis done privately (not through the NHS again) and it went a little like this…
I walked on a treadmill without any shoes on for a minute or so, followed by doing a squat.
I watched the video with the podiatrist talking me though everything. I wish I got an image of the footage but I didn’t think. My ankle rolls so far in he said “it looks about ready to actually snap” it probably hasn’t because my hypermobile tendons allow that to happen…with the squat I could see that too. All the load moving through the lower limbs in the wrong way.
I had a sports massage for the first time (Ouch!!!) to break down any broken tissue in the tibial region followed by ultrasound therapy. An ultrasound wave is applied to the area where the waves generate heat in the tissue to aid recovery.
Not going to lie, I didn’t like the idea of it. The overly anxious mind of mine hated the idea of it, but I tried it and after a calf massage my legs felt a bit more fresh.
I was given new orthotics. Told to stretch my calfs some more before I introduce any calf specific weight training and give it a week…since I wear orthotics it’s easier to adjust to new ones.
My feet, knees and shins along with my lower back are feeling the readjustment. I’ve got about 4 days till I can run in them 👍🏼 – I’m going to take it slowly, 10-15 minutes if I can a couple of days a week.
I really wanted to run this morning. Really wanted to. But I decided to play it safe and follow his advice. He, the podiatrist make the countries Cross Country team and was a professional runner with feet worse then mine. He runs in orthotics and granted he never mentioned hypermobility but I felt relieved that I may actually get back to running like the good old days. He never said a half marathon would be too much, he doesn’t seem to think run/walk needs to be permanent, and I know he’s not a physio…I’m looking forward. I just hope it works out.
Wish me luck!