Right I'm gonna do it - I'm GOING OUT!! Help with sprinting gait, please!
Right, I spent the morning attempting to follow the strength exercises for ladies (until Mother complained I was making dirty marks on the walls - she 'caught' me whilst I was doing wall pushups, which I don't find hard, which means I must be doing 'em wrong (I've watched all the videos but I don't a laptop at the moment, and the main Mac's in the front room, where there isn't a convenient wall).
I thought I'd go sprinting between the running markers on the path on the common - there's just one problem with this: - I have a severe congenital knee deformity; if you imagine my legs as an reversed letter K, you'll get the idea - my left knee points inwards towards my right which means I'm a member of the Minstry of Silly Runs!
When I was a year old, I had it operated on (basically they fitted me with a steel frame, with pins in the knee, which were turned 0.25" every week in an attempt to force it back into its natural position) After that, I was in a full body cast (well up to my chest anyway) until I started full-time school.
If it was efficacious, then it must have been to a very minor degree because to this day my left leg kicks out at almost 45-degrees when I run (occasionally I kick meself in me own arse!) and I can feel the knee twisting.
I don't have a GP (what you'd call physician in the US) at the moment (long story) but, the last time I did, I asked about having it operated on again (after all it is 35 years since the last time and I'd have hoped things would have improved technology-wise since then!). He refused to even refer me to an orthopaedic consultant, saying that was as good as it was going to get!
I have a proper orthopaedic knee support, but it doesn't really help matters (just means the knee doesn't twist as much).
I daresay I'm the only one here with such a deformity, but I was hoping someone might be able to offer some advice...
La tristesse durera toujours...
Wow. My main and in fact only suggestion would be to try another GP, because it sounds like your last one was a total knob.
'Scuse my Korean.