Five days since the ultrasound injection in my knee ...
Feels pretty good overall -- a lot better than before -- but not 100 percent better, which concerns me a little bit. It's going to be OK, though. If that first shot didn't take, then we'll just have to go in there for Round Two in about 90 days. They tell me there are more, different types of treatments we can try if the first one doesn't take.
I had an appointment at noon in Austin at The Good Feet Store, a place for orthotics -- arch supports/shoe inserts that are supposed to work wonders on correcting poor feet alignment and gait and such, which apparently can cause knee pain or make it worse. I've heard about the place for a long time and decided to give it a try.
Before heading down there, I put in a quickie at the gym, with some hanging knee raises, core bicycles, leg lifts, Russian twists with medicine ball, planks, and some shoulder strengthening sets.
The young lady at The Good Feet Store was very nice, and ran me through a well-organized and impressive demonstration of several contraptions that felt really good to walk on, then finally hit me with the sales pitch. For the entire "kit," I think she called it, of three sets of different kinds of shoe inserts and a bunch of other stuff, the grand total was ... wait for it ... $1,499.
I ain't kidding ...
I nearly choked. I was really disappointed, because it felt really good to walk around with that stuff in my sneakers, and I was hopeful that I'd found something to help my knee issue and maybe prevent further problems. To make a long story short, I wound up going with one of the three sets of inserts, which are partially designed -- supposedly -- for exercise and athletics. I considered it a slightly risky investment that may or may not work, but worth a try, especially considering the alternative cost of doctor visits.
If it doesn't help, well, live and learn. It was worth a try ...
Tomorrow's schedule includes more upper body and core strength training. The orthopedist who injected me said to wait until today for any high-impact activity on the knee, but I'm going to give it more rest. I really don't want to go back to the pain I was having before.
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More later ...