The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Strange Feet Cause A Visit to N. Yorks

Husband has funny feet. High arches and an over-pronation on his left foot to the extent that it really disturbs me when I’m walking behind him (which is, of course, my natural place) to see how it lands on the ground. Both features of his feet/gait would be fine if they didn’t cause him problems. The most notably problem at the moment is the poorly knee that’s now raised its head three times this year.

So, after a month of enforced rest (not even a short walk, never mind a slow run around the village for him), today we popped up to Settle to see Andrew Stanley (State Registered Podiatrist with a formidable list of letters after his name) at the Rebound Clinic. A long way to go, but with the ‘two birds with one stone’ stay at Ma-in-Law’s in West Yorkshire last night, and having seen so many recommendations for him, it seemed worthwhile.

I certainly want Husband’s feet sorted before next April. Getting a poorly knee or huge ball-of-the-feet blisters on day three really would be a bit of a disaster.

So, having done all the expected stuff on a treadmill and having watched the video back, followed by a bit of waiting for temporary orthotics to be made, Husband is now walking around with something that feels entirely unnatural in his shoes. Hopefully, the unnatural feeling will soon subside as he gets used to them.

With a need to get him accustomed to them (or otherwise to find that they’re not right) before our next big outing in less than a month’s time, we’re off out locally tomorrow for our first walk in a month. What a difference from our K2B training period earlier in the year.

I see that the weather forecast for this locale is obliging with heavy rain being predicted.

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