It was a year ago today that I was volunteering at Tushars and first felt the pain on the outside of my right hip. Within a few weeks I started having debilitating days where I could hardly move.
Fast forward to January when Dr. Steve Frogley figured out my sacroiliac joint was messed up and starting curing that problem. It helped the hip – but never totally cured it.
Since my left foot was bothering me with a lovely trio of tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis, I switched back to Dr. Eric Brady in Provo who fixed my foot two years ago. He put me in a boot for a month to help the foot start healing and reminded me of all the taping, stretching, strengthening stuff I had let slide once my foot quit hurting.
Once that was on its merry way – he starting digging into the hip. Literally. Ouch! Each week he added new strength and stretching exercises for the hip as well as lots of rolling. In addition he would do a lot of dry needling. Nothing like an electric current flowing through a tight area deep inside your hip to make you want to cry.
This last week we did a treadmill assessment. An important discovery was made. We don’t know why or when it started – but I point my right foot out as I walk/run and also lean on the outside of the leg, which has led me to quit utilizing the inner thigh muscles when I move. At this point I am retraining my muscle memory to change my stance and stride. This is always a pain – but this final step should hopefully clear up the remaining back and hip issues. In less than a week, my upper shin has quit hurting, so I have high hopes.