Yesterday I walked 6 km in 3 patches of 2 km each. I was suffering mostly from a sore meniscus in my right knee, somewhat from my right foot injury and a little discomfort in my left hip.
It’s a domino effect. The meniscus is an old problem. I tore it 13 years ago while playing football on a school yard. After an MRI scan a surgeon at Helsinki’s academic hospital concluded the tear was too small to warrant an operation and that there was a good chance the tear would heal without treatment.
It never really hurt but I’ve since had an uncomfortable feeling in my right knee, as if it could dislocate any moment if I made a wrong move. Cycling felt particularly creepy as the knee would make a snapping sound with every rotation.
Until my varicose veins in that right leg were surgically removed this January. Since then the knee has been surprisingly stable, painless, soundless, normal. To the extent that I sometimes forget there was something wrong with it.
But now the meniscus has been sore for close to two weeks, due to training 4- and 5-year-olds at the local football club.
I’m pretty sure the knee is playing up because I’m compensating/over-correcting for my foot injury. My whole posture must be out of whack.
Same thing with my left hip. I’m out of balance, leaning more on my left leg than I should.
The foot injury seems to keep lingering on. Those 6 km today were probably too much. So I must slow down further. No more football, no running, until I’m without pain. Then start walking – carefully – and perhaps cycling and swimming.
I’ve had four physiotherapy sessions lately, and my next visit in this project will be to a foot therapist who should be able to design inlays.
I’m collecting my walking stats on this page.