Not feeling great, turns out the pain issues I have been struggling with are caused by gout. I was so close to getting back on skates and then I put my back out with some over zealous physio. I feel…
I have been looking at some slo-mo footage of a derby game I went to recently, which I will put up as a video soon. I might be laid-up but I can still study 😉 *nerd*
Just had a blood test and feeling a little sickly so having a cup of sweet tea and passing the time writing this.
It’s been a little while since my last blog but things have been moving along steadily. I have had appointments with my GP, podiatrist and physio, have some temporary insoles and a whole bunch of physio exercises. The blood tests are to check for rumatoid arthritis and… gout…. yes gout…. both of which could be underlying the problem I have with my feet and all the stuff which connect to them (like the rest of my body).
It all sounds very serious, but actually the insoles and physio are working wonders already, I am up and walking around almost like normal for the first time in months. Derby has finally given me the motivation to address health problems which have been plaguing me for years and to care about my physical wellbeing… I expect to be kicking ass on skates soon!!
PS: loving this bench outside the doctors surgery!!
I have been off skates for two weeks now with an Achilles problem, but the footage my little brother took of my last practice has given me loads of stuff to work on in the mean time.
Here is an example of a small and achievable correction I have found I need to make, by looking to the footage during my downtime.
Worship Derby on bended knee
In skating, especially Derby skating, it’s important to keep your knees bent. For basic skating it stops you falling on your arse if you lose your balance. In Derby freshmeat you get taught about Derby-stance, which takes the knee bend to a whole new level of … thigh burning anguish.
For now, I am just working on basic knee bend, as I know full on derby stance is going to take me some time to reach.
Basics for beginners – knee bend is vital
“If I had to pick just two of the causes of most beginners’ skating problems they would be lack of sufficient and correct knee bend and too slow a cadence. There are other problems but these two are the bane of any instructor’s life. If you fix these two, everything else will fix itself. ”
Here is what a good knee bend looks like according to Asha
I knees to the truth… am I bent enough?
I think, when I am doing my skating practice, that my knees are over my toes. It feels like they are! Let’s see if they really are… here is me in action:
Bearing in mind my bulky knee pads add a fair few inches onto my knee, I can see my knees are not quite over my toes yet.
Now I know what to practice and correct!
Learning even when off skates
This big stock of footage, taken on just one day, has given me loads to work on while I am off skates injured.
Try and get some footage sometime, even if it just sits around on your hard drive for ages, if you are ever injured it might just be the thing that keeps you motivated and sane.
In my first recording session, with the help of my awesome little brother on camera, I have discovered a I have a problem called “Pronation” or “Over-pronation“. This where the feat roll in more than they should during walking/running/skating.
Over-pronation is probably fairly common, but I want to get off on the right foot… or more specifically the right part of the foot… so I am going to try and resolve this problem asap!
What Over-pronation looks like
One helpful diagram shows Pronation in skates from behind: you can see the feet leaning inwards, so the weight is not central over the wheels.
Another diagram shows the prorating ankles without skates.
My pronation problem
In this slowed down video of me skating away from the camera, you can see my feet prorate a lot.
How over-pronation affects my skating
Over-pronation may help to explain a few issues I have had while learning to skate so far.
The main issue I can pinpoint was with sticky skating. When I try and do my lemon-shaped sticky skate I loose momentum. Even if I start off with some momentum then start to sticky skate, I slowly come to a stop over 2/3 lemons.
I think this is partly because the rolling in of my feat means I am leaning into my inside edges of my skates all the time. This explains why I lose momentum when trying to sticky skate: leaning on the inside edge has an effect like a plough stop, cutting my speed every time I bring my feet together.
The effect can be seen most keenly in my sticky skating, however, I assume the inside-edge weighting would cause a range of issues. It’s certainly not going to help anyway!
How over-pronation affects my feet and my motivation
Since I started skating I have developed severe pain in my right Achilles and plantar fasciitis symptoms in both feet – I am waiting for a podiatry appointment to get this looked at. The problem isn’t so much the pain itself, thought that’s obviously not fun, but the slow chipping away at my motivation has come with it. I need to get it sorted then!
Here is a list of actions I am taking to try and resolve my over-pronation problem. Any suggestions you have are welcome!
- Talking to my doctor – Including showing them a picture of the over pronation in action on skates
- Arch support insoles – I bought some from my local sports shop
- Foot strengthening exercises – there are some suggestions on-line, but I will check with my doctor first.
- Keep checking the issue – I will keep checking on this every time I practice to see if it has improved!