As many of my friends know, my knee is still not 100% from my accident down Pen y van, back in Feburary. It doesn’t bother me too much on a day to day basis, not compared how it was when I first did the injury, but it is often uncomfortable and aches when I use it too much. My physio gave me these exercises to do on it, and at the beginning I was really good about doing them regularly, but then when my leg improved a lot, I stopped. About the same time I started placement on a ward, and hence was using it a lot. Which probably wasn’t a good combination, and probably why it still isn’t 100%. And the worst thing is when you get out of the habit of doing them daily, then its really hard to remember again.
Annoyingly Thankfully, I have friends who persistantly nag care about my leg, so I have been getting back into the routine recently.
But, I had realised that one of my exercises didn’t seem to be having any effect on my leg anymore. It wasn’t being effective – I needed to do something that would make it harder, and hence strengthen the muscle more. I spoke to my physio about it this morning and she suggested strapping a weight to my foot. I thought about this, and the best way to go about this. And with the help of a friend, I successfully made the contraption that you can see in the photo below. Basically an old sock, duck tape and a can of chopped tomatos. And the best bit is that it actually works! I can feel my leg working so much harder than before – the muscles are really working. Hopefully, if I keep up with these exercises, I can sort this knee out once and for all!