The pain game: be honest, get better

In my last post I mentioned that my Achilles are painful and that it’s messing with my motivation.

To be honest, I wasn’t honest….

My right Achilles is causing agonising  pain at the moment. Doing the spring cleaning  this weekend caused “throwing up and feeling like I am floating above myself” type pain.

Walking to the shops is off the table for now, let alone skating.

Pussy footing

I feel pretty embarrassed the physical pain I have struggled with while learning to skate: these derby girls are so darn tough, I don’t want to seem like a cry baby.

Then I started to wonder how many girls like me quit derby before they even get started cause of these early-stage physical obstacles.

The truth is pretty simple: if you haven’t used your body for anything more than the bare minimum of physical activity since early childhood, you are likely to have problems getting started.

Everyone has an "Achilles heel" - mine is literally my heel.
Everyone has an “Achilles heel” – mine is literally my heel.

 

With the right help, these problems should be solvable. With no help, they are just going to get worse.

Seek help early

Don’t be a pussy like me and wait for things to get totally out of hand before you admit you have a problem.

I have a combined physio and podiatry appointment – but it’s not for another month and there is no way to bring it forward. I could have seen someone 2 months ago but I avoided dealing with it.

That’s right, I could have been skating right now and making progress, but I’m not because I didn’t seek help earlier. Don’t make the same mistake as me!

Look after yourself and do what you can in the mean time

Now I have admitted to myself I have a problem, I am going to do everything I can to reduce the pain and inflammation while I await professional help. I will blog more about what I am trying soon!

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