A 20+ year mystery solved

Since primary school, I’ve been prone to leg injuries, especially at my ankles. Pain in the knees (especially after running), easily tired feet (usually at the heels or near my shin), and lower back fatigue when I wear heels. From when I was in primary school, doctors hadn’t been able to tell us much else other than ‘growing pains’. Surely I can’t still be having growing pains *wry*.

The mystery was finally solved today after a visit to an orthopaedic surgeon. Apparently I have hyper-pronating feet. Symptoms? Alignment problems, pain in the knees and lower back, and prone to foot, especially ankle, injuries. :P

I’ve got an appointment with a podiatrist tomorrow to get orthotics made (those kind of insoles I can slip into shoes to give me better arch support and redistribute pressure more evenly across my feet).
It’s a good thing I’m not fond of heels. *wry* This doesn’t mean I can’t wear sandals, slippers or pretty shoes anymore, but the more I’m supported by proper orthotics, the better it’s supposed to be for me.

Orthotic capable shoes don’t come cheap. But if they can really help to alleviate the symptoms, I know I’ll love them. And then who knows, maybe I could start running without problems again :P

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