Monday’s seems to be turning into my Pilates and physio day.
Yet again today I had a lunchtime of stretching and core work in the gym. After only a few sessions it seems to be getting a bit easier which is great, but that doesn’t really help my legs, my ankle or my foot! Not in the way that I need it at the moment anyway.
So, off to the physio it was this evening for another checkup from which I emerged with mixed feelings.
I have resisted orthotics for biomechanical issues all the time I have been running with problems I have had over the years, and especially since trying to move more to minimalist footwear to strengthen my feet and improve my running posture and technique over the last 10 months. So it was with a bit of disappointment that I learned from Stuart that my biomechanics are now such that it is likely that is what is causing the problem with the pain in my ankle. It is possible that it is a ligament or tendon (or muscle) related issue (he was hedging his bets given the non-specificity of the ache I have had) down the inside of my left ankle underneath the foot which is caused by over-pronation, which in turn may be caused by my foot turning out slightly, which in turn may be a result of the operation.
The upshot is that I now have some temporary orthotics to support the inside of the foot, which he seemed to indicate are likely to be a permanent requirement.
I hate the idea of that.
I will try them out over the next few weeks and if they allow me to carry on with training by relieving the pressure on my tibialis muscles, I will keep them in my shoes, but I’ll not be keeping them in forever. The evidence to support my need comes in the form of a similar ‘top of the foot’ problem I have had before, so there is a chance it is not related to the op and although this change may have exacerbated the problem, I will do my damnedest to ensure I can run in the near future without any artificial aids!
Wish me luck for tomorrow.