I just returned from another PT session and learned some pretty major things:
- My neon green race shirt, according to my wife, doesn't match my forest green shorts (I still went to the appointment in them)
- Freeway traffic on Friday stinks to high heaven (I haven't commuted since 1994), and
- My right leg and foot do some funkadelic things when I ambulate.
Come to find out that my right foot flares out during my stride. It seems to start with my right knee turning a bit more outward. I land with my right foot facing more outward than the left, and I push through my step on the outer part of that foot (supinate). My left foot lands and rolls through fairly normal. This may be my body's way to compensate for the slightly greater length in my right leg. It also, according to the PT, may be causing torsion on the inner part of my right heel...exactly where most of my heel pain resides.
Here's a photo of me running the Mercer Island Half Marathon, back in March:
The PT sessions have been valuable so far. Even aside from the direct treatment on my heel, I'm learning quite a few things I've never known about my body (like, showers are good body odor deterrents).
On Monday, I'll be recorded running on a treadmill. I'm hoping to bust out an hour run at roughly 5:00/mile pace to impress everyone. I may back off of that just a little, as I don't want to destroy their equipment.
Oh, and the heel is still sore, but seems to be mostly in the inside area, rather than the whole heel.