I really thought that now I’m walking with a relatively normal gait that my tendon would not feature much in my thoughts… wrong of course. The CCTV footage at Howdens and Magnet Kitchens in Charlton will testify to the fact the while waiting the inordinately long time it takes to order a kitchen, my leg decided it was an opportunity for exercise and off came my sandals while I held on to the counter and half-unconsciously sort of ‘humped’ it (sorry… but I think that’s how it looked)… the guys (John and Dean) looked away politely until I explained my problem. After which Dean explained his OCD problem which means that he can’t bear damp tea-towels hanging off drawer handles or towel rails and just puts them straight in the wash. I placed my order and left with a free roll of gaffa tape and one of Dean’s own therapeutic loom band bracelets (see pic)….
I have a theory that loom bands have taken off for the same reason that cup-cake decorating took off. Men and boys (as well as women/girls) are doing both…and I think it’s because we like to use our hands and for the most part, many of us don’t (except to use a keyboard/play a video game)… We really need to ‘create’ I think… I certainly do…. in fact, I think humans are absolutely made to be creative – see these guys turning muck into brass (or at least something of value) …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJxxdQox7n0.
It’s quite clear from speaking to Gym manager Karen that she and others who have had achilles tendon injuries get tired of regular physio exercises – and put up with a half-functioning leg. I can’t do this. I don’t know how long either me or my leg will last… but I would really rather be dead on my feet if at all possible….