I registered for medical examination at Riccartion General Practice clinic. In the middle of 2014, I came here for the first time and met a middle-aged doctor who could no longer remember his name. After initial examination, he began to explain further about ankle injuries. Medically, the pastern is the part that always has to work hard to “carry” the entire body weight. The amount of oxygen and blood circulating here is usually lower than other parts, so it is always slow to recover from ankle injury once you have a ankle injury. Moreover, I have a flat foot structure so it is more vulnerable than a normal person. According to the doctor, the characteristic of a well-formed foot is the edge of the rainbow, rather than horizontal.
Very coincidentally this doctor also used to bend his ankle due to kicking the ball, so he was very experienced. He advised me on two options: physical therapy or surgery. The thought of interfering with cutlery made me feel scared so it didn’t take long to decide according to the other plan. Also from here, the process of arduous and expensive physical therapy is started. In a bit more, the registration process for public health physiotherapy is complicated, time consuming and heard ineffective, so I had to accept private health choice.
Continuing the “adventure”, I met the physiotherapist Judith in the Balanced Physiotherapy weekly to be treated with a machine. The machine looks like a traffic police’s speed-shot device that is pinned to the foot and squeals steadily, emitting a short beam of light that stimulates the contraction of the muscle bundles and ligaments. relax. Judith then massaged his feet and instructed the vacuum therapy exercises or tools such as foam balls, specialized training strips (thera band) and wooble boards. daily self-training, as well as special-use tape (kinesiotherapy tape) to “pull” the muscles together. In parallel with the training I have to go swimming almost every day. This is a very good complementary sport because the legs are much active without having to bear the weight of the body. During a period of nearly half a year, I worked hard, also felt the progress but it didn’t seem like much. Judith’s treatment is very professional and scientific. But maybe because my injury is so heavy, physiotherapy is not very effective. Judith advised me to return to the clinic, register with Dr. Victor and talk about a surgery.
One day in early 2015 I went to see Victor. Through the voice I guess he is of Indian, Bangladeshi or some Indian South Indian country. After carefully watching the medical records on the NHS server system as well as hearing the aspiration for surgery, he scheduled my X-rays at Western General Hospital. Having met again after a few weeks, Victor said that his foot bones were completely normal, with no signs of fracture or cracking. He said he would transfer me to the higher level: the orthopedic injury department of Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the most modern general hospital in Edinburgh.