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Lisgo Happy To Finally Get Diagnosis Of Achilles Injury
I am writing this whilst traveling on the train from London's Kings Cross back to Leeds. I've been to the London Independent Hospital to have a specialist look at my achilles.
Costly treatment, but a good mate of mine justified it best when saying "without running daily you'll quickly get depressed and that will lead to you blowing loads of £££ on big nights out". Justified beyond doubt!
After a variety of different diagnosis over the past two years... I am now confident I understand the underlying problems behind this lengthy (and depressing) achilles saga.
A twisted back is the root of all evil... well shocking biomechanics. This is causing dramatic overloading of my left achilles. That doesn't explain the right achilles though... but a damaged plantar does! The damage in my plantar (coupled with high and stiff arches) is causing my right achilles to also be overloaded with each and every step I take.
Nightmare for a runner right?... especially one who lives for the steeple! To make an analogy to express how I felt when I was given that news... I'll keep myself in check and go with a 'swift kick in the balls'. Though, as with all good kicks in the balls the excruciating pain in the lower stomach subsides. And when your coach is also a GP this pain can disappear quickly indeed.
I've just wrapped up a phonecall with Phil and he suggested that this news is good news. I rather quickly agreed (happens often). Now we have gotten to the bottom of it, we can set about ironing out these biomechanical flaws and jump aboard the train headed for a big summer 2013.
My twisted back can be overcome with extensive bouts of physio and a series of corrective exercises. This will eliminate any future achilles overloading. Although something still has to be done to clean up the mess they are in at the moment....possibly surgery, but I'll not know for sure until I go back down to London for a further consultation.
Yours in hobbling down school corridors, yet throwing huge shapes on dancefloors,
Steve - a mildly depressed, injured runner with an ever expanding waistline.