Hi, I was born with a club foot back in 1969 and had 7 operations to try and correct things before I was 10 years old.
Throughout my school days right the way up until I left in 1985 I was never allowed to do any sports as my ankle was too weak. My right leg is 1.5 sizes smaller in shoes than my left and my leg has half the muscle mass too. The picture clearly shows this. This has hindered me throughout my whole adult life from something as petty as not wanting to sunbathe to much more important things like going to the gym or taking up running.
I8 months ago I decided to try and start running but found it very painful and difficult. The operations have left me with a high inner arch, a terribly deformed foot, no shape to my heel and very limited flexibility in the ankle. Running has been very painful although I have persevered with it and can now run 12km with a few stops.
The scaring down my Achilles tendon is dreadfully painful and full of hard scar tissue lumps that constantly hurt. I’ve tried the normal remedies after a run, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) that temporarily relieve the pain but not for long. I tried compression bandages and ankle supports and straps but can’t get pain free without painkillers. Does anyone else run and suffer the same? Just after a glimmer of hope – many thanks, Craig