Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Miss Achilles

The story goes that Achilles was weakest at his tendon in his heel and I know how he felt! (photo) When I was 17, I had my Achilles tendon lengthened. I've had problems all my life walking etc etc and I was happy to get it done. I remember the specialist saying that if I never had it done, I would never be able to going skiing. Well, that was that, I didn't want to be held back in any way shape or form, so I had the op*. It was successful and although I could walk better, my leg was very weak after a lifetime of not being used properly. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it was never really dealt with with in the after care and as I've got older, it's become more and more of a problem for me. I have zero balance on that leg, can hardly move my toes and my leg is much less muscley than the other one making me very conscience of it.

I finally decided to ask my doctor about it here in France and I'm so pleased I did as I'm finally getting the care I never had all those years ago. I'm going to the kiné (physiotherapist) twice a week and I've had an insole made for my shoe. I've been told that the weak leg will never look like the other one but I'm so motivated in trying! I have pool exercises to do with the kiné and loads of balance exercises that are also adapted to geriatric patients recovering from hip operations apparently! ha!

The best bit is that because it's a lifelong problem, I've got permission for free kiné sessions for 5 years. I can go 2 or 3 times a week and the cost is taken care of. My Achilles tendon is complaining about this deal but I couldn't be happier! Someone has taken it upon themselves to help me and I'm giving it a good go! At the moment my tendon is 'awakening' (the kiné's word not mine) and it collapses about once a day. If you've even had Achilles tendon problems you'll be wincing right now. If you haven't, let's just say my leg gives way and I find myself on the floor. Not pretty in a supermarket! The pain goes instantly afterwards and I can pick myself up and carry on like northing's happened making me look like a loon! I hope it doesn't last and that my leg gets stronger quickly!

I have a lot of work ahead of me, probably years but I've never been more motivated about it. I have to work on lengthening my muscles and my tendon, and then creating muscle bulk over my whole leg. I thought my dodgy leg was a done deal. Being thrown a possibility to change things is probably the best possibility I'll ever get!

(*as a side note, I went skiing last year for the first time and couldn't snow plough - I didn't have the muscle to move my leg in the appropriate direction...kinda vital knowing how to stop right? much to the pain of my friend who had to ski me down the mountain; I held onto his waist and he skied for the both of us - what goes up, must come down eh?! I won't be trying it again for a while!!)

4 comments:

Rach said...

this is excellent!! great to hear you sounding so positive. can you email me all the rest of your news (and dates when i can come and visit!)

biz à tlm xxxx

Amber said...

Sounds good, and hopefully after all of that you'll be more comfortable. I tell ya.. I would love to have five years of free kiné therapy!

Andromeda said...

I heart kines in France. If I had had the chance when I was younger, I wouldn't have all the back problems I do now! Glad you're so motivated, you'll see results before you know it!

Zhu said...

Free kiné, that's good. Physio in Canada are so expensive, and it's not covered by the provincial health plan.

I had no clue one could have his Achilles tendon lengthened!

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