It’s a good idea to see a Podiatrist…
A wonderful insight from author, journalist and blogger Sheila Johnson who recently saw a Podiatrist for the first time in a while.
…”We often forget to look after our feet. They work hard for us, taking us where we want to go.
Even in these difficult COVID-19 times, they are our lifeline for exercise and health. Being disabled or unable to walk is a situation most of us wouldn’t like to face.
With my gym closed and access to swimming or aqua aerobic exercise denied, my knees gradually became sore and inflamed. Walking became more and more difficult. It may have been because of my body missing the various twisting and stretching movements of the aqua aerobics and gym equipment, or simply because I was mainly walking on hard surfaces and pavements with the nearby countryside either too boggy or out of area.
I noticed my right knee in particular becoming more painful until most movements and even sleeping became difficult. This was surprising as it was my left knee that had been painful before the lockdown but now the right knee had become much worse than the left had ever been.
I considered visiting a Physiotherapist or a Chiropractor, both of which establishments I had visited in the past, but was undecided. I had worked for a Podiatrist a few years ago who had now retired and although it had been a few years since he had fitted my current orthotics, I still didn’t relate my current knee pain to my feet. However, my husband encouraged me to book an appointment with a Podiatrist.
After examining my feet, he told me that my feet had changed since my last pair of orthotics and (The orthotics) needed a refit. I was also surprised to discover my left leg was slightly shorter than my right and my left foot tended to roll outwards when I walked.
He suggested that not only did I need new orthotics but that without my regular exercise regime, my walking had deteriorated and this was causing the strain on my right knee and increased pain.
He gave me a series of daily exercises to strengthen my upper leg and hip muscles and to take some of the pressure off my knees. These exercises have really made a difference.
From having to apply creams and sprays to my knees throughout the night in order to be able to sleep, I am now using these much less frequently.
After ordering a new pair of custom made orthoses, I had a free fitting at the surgery three weeks later. For the first time in a while, I felt like I was walking on air.
We mustn’t neglect our feet. Our back, hip or knee pain might be due to the way in which we walk, and a trip to the Podiatrist maybe exactly what we need.”
Keep on your feet,
The PodiPedia Team