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.