Pretty obvious reminder time: stay safe if you’re going around taking pictures.
So, I was going around taking pictures of Osborne Park. I always liked that part of Perth. For whatever reason, it felt comforting to be in that general area. I was just taking a light stroll, taking a few pictures of the area.
Sadly, the light was against me. Most of them did not turn out well, and I didn’t bring one of my better cameras with me. It was an impromptu thing, so I wasn’t at my best regarding equipment. Still, I did take a perfect one that I’ve put up here.
Isn’t it just lovely?
Anyway, I took a few pictures. Met some friendly people. Had a fun time. At least, until my leg started to ache.
It was kind of strange because my feet aren’t prone to aching. I hadn’t been walking far enough or long enough, and I hadn’t gone up too many steep hills. I wasn’t sure what the problem was. At first, I thought I could sit down somewhere and wait it out. That didn’t work.
Then I remembered this wasn’t unusual. It happened a few times before, always when I was on my feet. It wasn’t a problem long ago. It’s a recent thing and one that I kept brushing aside as just a temporary concern.
Well, that day I decided it couldn’t hurt to look into alternatives. I mean, maybe there was something wrong. I didn’t think there was, but it couldn’t hurt to be sure. Fortunately, there was a physiotherapy and podiatry clinic in Osborne Park.
A friend referred me, told me they do good work. I decided to see if I could get a consultation just by walking in. Fortunately, it was a bit of a slow day, and I got in with minimal waiting.
There was testing and walking. They wanted to figure out if it was something about the way I walked or if it was something else.
As it turns out, at some point in my life, I developed flat feet. We pinned down the problem to a lack of arch support, which made walking for prolonged periods painful. I honestly wasn’t sure how it happened, but he did recommend getting shoe inserts to correct the structural issue.
I spent a bit of time there, waiting for them to find inserts in my size. I didn’t think it was one size fits all, but my feet are slightly wider than is normal for my size. That means that the inserts need to match, or they won’t get the support in the right areas.
They said they’d start me out on a semi-customised set of inserts first. I should come back to them if I experience any relief or none at all. From there, they’ll figure out the next step.
Overall, I think it was a good experience. The inserts are a little strange, but the pain is gone. I imagine having the support will take some getting used to, and I might need new shoes.