So I had my bio-mechanical assessment today with Matt the podiatrist of "Feet Feet".
This is a quick summary of what I learnt.
1. My left hip is twisted (out of alignment)
2. As a result my left leg is shorter than my right - a specific daily stretch has been recommended to assist and assess whether the hip is causing my left leg to be shorter than my right or whether my left leg is actually shorter
3. My feet are unusually flexible having a wider range of movement in them than most – this isn’t overly helping.
4. My iliotibial bands are tight and a specific daily stretch has been recommended
5. My quads are tight and a specific daily stretch has been recommended
6. I have very flat feet
7. My footwear is of good quality and has been protecting the injury
So Matt sent me off to do 4 weeks stretching whilst he orders me up hand made insoles. I'm delighted to report that the pain has lessened over the last fortnight however I'm told that without the right stretching and supportive footwear and insoles the problem will keep occurring.
I pleased to say that I'm happy with Matt’s work, thankfully I get a sense that he know's what he's talking about and that I can place my faith in him. This has been sadly lacking in other professionals I have previously visited. With the amount of money I'm throwing at this that certainly provides a certain peace of mind.
So what does all this mean for cycling… as yet I'm not overly clear. I’ll need an insole, my bike professionally fitted and perhaps a little physio if this pain doesn't go away. Only time will tell but for now I'm happy with where I have got to in the process. Onwards and upwards...