A bio mechanical mess

Today I went to a podiatrist. It was prompted by a bright pain on the tip of my right knee and behind the same knee. The almighty Internet indicated runners knee, and the remedy orthotics.

The visit was enlightening. First off, I love talking to doctors who are genuinely passionate about what they do. This guy was so excited about my diagnosis, I actually felt psyched about it. Not that what is wrong with me is particularly special or exciting, but I digress.

So here’s my deal; my left leg is longer than my right, AND the design of my foot is, and I quote “one of the most destructive.” Awesome. My gait is called “runway model” because when I walk I strike on the outside of my foot and then pivot inward. Who knew I was that girlie?

So I’m getting some specific running shoes, some more PT, and soon–orthotics. That will wait a little bit since they are $450 a pop. But as I said to my doctor, I figure I only have 10-15 more years of moderate physical activity left in me. I am going to need to take care of myself if I’m going to get that much milage out of my body. The better job I do, the longer I will go, perhaps pushing my fitness into my 60’s. Now that would be something.




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About Karen

Mid-life female amateur athlete focused on cyclocross, mountain biking, and road cycling.

One response to “A bio mechanical mess”

  1. bgddyjim says :

    Wow, that almost borders on unfair. I really hope you get all of that figured out. Your attitude about it is awesome.

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