Helping Sharon With Her Charity Trek Across Cambodia
This month we are highlighting one of our brilliant patients who recently completed the ambition of a lifetime - to trek across the beautiful northwestern Cambodia raising money for local charity Springhill Hospice in Rochdale.
Sharon attends our podiatry clinic every month for routine Podiatry treatment and when she started planning her trip she increased her walking distances for training. At around the 2-3 mile mark she started to experience Achilles Tendonitis pain in the Right Foot.
The Achilles Tendon is the largest, thickest and strongest tendon in the body, it spans two joints and connects the calcaneus to the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. Inflammation can be caused by overuse or repetitive forces. It was at this point that she attended our clinic for a Biomechanical Assessment in order to assess her gait.
“I had decided that I wanted to complete my ambition of the trek in Siem Reap in Cambodia and to raise money for Springhill Hospice in Rochdale.
As I started to carry out my training walks I discovered that my right Achilles was becoming very painful, I was struggling to get beyond 2-3 miles before the pain started. I booked in for a Biomechanics Assessment and it was really interesting to see my style of walking on the screen, it was determined that I required a pair of orthotics to improve my gait and solve the underlying issue.
I was thrilled to be able to carry out my trek which consisted 87km over 5 days with no pain at all. So much so that when I came back I upgraded to the bespoke Carbon Fibre Orthotics. I have no pain now and am very happy, I am looking to do another trek possibly in Jordan!”
Well done Sharon! We are so pleased that you completed your ambition and helped raise money for charity in the process.