Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Using this image again, because it's so right!
I had my first physical therapy appointment yesterday to work on my bum knee, and I got a surprise.

It's not my knees, it's my feet.

The therapist interviewed me and asked me questions about my knee pain, and then went on to ask about other pain - hips, back, feet, etc. She got very interested as I talked about my right foot, which has had some plantar fasciitis pain in recent years. She nodded, went "Hmmm," several times, and wrote things down on her pad.

The whole thing is like that old song, "Dem Bones":
Toe bone connected to the foot bone
Foot bone connected to the heel bone
Heel bone connected to the ankle bone
Ankle bone connected to the shin bone
Shin bone connected to the knee bone
Knee bone connected to the thigh bone
Thigh bone connected to the hip bone

To compensate for the weakness of my left knee, which I injured at the age of 22 when I fell off a trapeze, I have been favoring my right leg all these years, letting it take most of my weight. To firm up that right leg, I have been broadening my "base" by toeing out slightly on the diagonal, canting my foot in a way that has developed a strap of muscle on the outside of my knee - which under stress, pulls my knee out of whack.

I've been given some stretching and balance exercises, to realign my foot so the center of gravity is where it's supposed to be.  These are tiny, minute exercises; holding position for thirty seconds. Yet they are more difficult than I could have imagined.

Hip bone connected to the back bone
Back bone connected to the shoulder bone
Shoulder bone connected to the neck bone
Neck bone connected to the head bone

The hardest thing about it is THINKING about changing my walk, and REMEMBERING to do it. I will never totally get rid of knee pain, much of it is due to osteoarthritis. But if I keep working on it, perhaps I'll correct my stance, and keep this poor kneecap where it's supposed to be.

Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around
Now hear the word of the Lord.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Ezekiel Connected Them Dry Bones

Kizz at 117 Hudson said...

Several years ago I did something terrible to my calf. Turns out I have very tight HIP flexors and that was causing the issue. Everything is so closely connected! Hope you see relief soon.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

I had to do a similar re-learning to walk thing with knee pain I was having, and when it starts flaring up again I realize I've gone back to my old ways. Walking mindfully is hard! I hope you're feeling better soon!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Good luck realigning yourself, Aunt Snow. I've been pretty lucky, kinesthetically speaking.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Physical therapy for my foot has been so helpful for me! I just made an appointment with my regular doctor in hopes that he will sign off on allowing me further PT (covered by insurance, that is).