Over the last few weeks, I have been having physiotherapy at my local minor injuries hospital to help with my knee problem. About two weeks into my treatment, I was chatting with my lovely physiotherapist about how the treatment was going and I happened to mention to her that I was having problems with my foot, the foot on the same leg as my bad knee. After a lot of poking and prodding, it turns out that it is almost certainly my foot that's has been causing most of the problems with my knee. Apparently, I have a bit of an imbalance as a result of the pain in my foot, caused, most likely, by arthritis and it's that imbalance that has caused my knee problems because I walk "funny" ..... not a technical term but you get what I mean.
Each week, my physio has massaged and manipulated my foot, she has used ultrasound on the affected area and has given me exercises to do to loosen up the joints and it seems to be working. Then, at my appointment last week, she suggested I try acupuncture and strangely, I found myself hesitating. I know she is fully qualified and that many people swear by it, even my mum has had acupuncture in the past and has said it was very helpful and in principle, I think it's a good idea. Frankly, if it helps ease the pain in my joints it has got to be a good thing. I'm not even squeamish about needles but last week, I found myself making excuses as to why I couldn't do it that day and then praying fervently that when I turned up today, she would have forgotten about it.
No such luck. We went through the usual massage and manipulation and I was just breathing a sigh of relief that my half-hour was almost up when she brought up the subject again and asked if I would like to try it. Not wanting to seem like a big wussy baby, I said of course I would and after taking a few deep breaths and shutting my eyes, one by one the 4 needles went in. I have no idea what I was so worried about. After the initial pin-prick sensation I couldn't feel the needles at all and after 20 minutes reading a book on my iPad, I felt thoroughly relaxed and my foot, although a bit sore from the manipulation and massage, felt surprisingly ok. I shall definitely be saying yes to acupuncture next week if she thinks it will be beneficial and I can't help thinking that if I hadn't been such a scaredy cat, I might well have tried it sooner. Hey ho lol live and learn :-)
Excuse the ugly feet ........ I snapped a quick photo with my iPad, because I wanted proof for my mum that I had actually been brave enough to try it.