I got my new orthotics six weeks ago, thought I'd post to tell you about them.
They are nice and squishy, some sort of foam, 3/4 length, and they're really quite high. Weirdly, as they were taken from casts of my feet, the left one is really high, and the right lower, which I find odd as my left is my good side, you would have thought my bad side would need more correction than my good side?
Anyway... they felt really weird to begin with (high!) but still comfy, and they've got comfier. My pain levels have not as yet! They're still higher than before I got these insoles. Very much so! Though they are coming down again. My back has been ever so naughty, and my inflammation has flared up properly for the first time in years. It finally seems to be settling down now as I get used to my new, improved posture, it is quite simply easier to stand straight. It really hurt a lot first though!!!
My legs LOVE them, before Christmas I'd become incredibly nervous about walking on my leg as the stoopid thing kept trying to collapse under me and it was a brain strain to keep from injuring myself every day, however, with my new insoles my legs are automatically nice and straight and SO much more stable than they were - hurrah! And my legs, instead of saying "Please don't walk on me, please!" now say "EXERCISE ME NOW!!! COME ON LETS GET MOVING" and I have quite enjoyed 'exercising in' my new orthotics to get my muscles used to them! Tis Lovely!!!
Yes, to begin with my legs ached ridiculously and seemed to need stretching at least 4-5 times per day instead of their usual 1-2 times, but with all this exercise, they've got used to their new alignment and they don't arf feel fab!
(Now I just need my back to finish settling... though to be fair that's not 'just' HMS, it set off my facet joint syndrome too and it needs a lil more time to hush up)
Although they my legs feel much straighter, I'm wobbling more in my ankles, I asked my physio to have a look, and apparently my legs aren't quite as straight as they feel to me, so she's advised me to go back to my absolutely lovely orthotist-dude to see if they can be any better, or if this residual wobblyness comes under 'it's HMS deal with it'! He's expecting me anyway, as he told me it can take a few goes to get them just right.
Hopefully any adjustment only needs to be small as I don't want another big pain flare to get used to some really different ones!!!
How's everyone else getting along?
Take it easy tigers,