Hike Distance: 5.7 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 311.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 664 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 34711 feet
Before delving into this hike want to give an update on a visit I had with Dr. Kaluza, the D.O., regarding my back. The appointment I had was yesterday morning. I indicated that the manipulations he did, the previous week, did help a bit, but not enough to notice a huge improvement. I then described that I’ve been noticing that my left foot feels like I’m stepping on a piece of wood, compared to the right foot that merely swings through. He had me take an x-ray and then proceeded to show me the findings.
It turns out my left leg is 11mm longer than my right foot. This translates to my left hip being 20mm higher than my right hip! In other words, my left hip is almost one inch higher than my right hip!!! His experience tells him I will most likely need up to an 8mm (1/3 of an inch) high insert in my right shoe. He wasn’t willing to go out on a limb and say this will fix all my hip/back issues but expects this will help the situation. I’ve been dealing with this height difference since my late teens and never knew about this. It took hiking long distances every year (about 11 years ago) to bring out a health issue.
After this visit I immediately went home and ordered the GW Leg-Lift Inserts from the online store. This insert is an 8mm thick shoe height adjustment that is made of eight 1mm thick layers. He suggested starting at a 4mm thick layer to begin, and see how it feels when I see him in two weeks. I’m a bit more hopeful about improving my back after this appointment, and it was a great find. 🙂
This hike was the usual loop around the park. I spent quite a bit of time removing ivy from trees, and really enjoy improving the park. I’ll definitely need to find the right tools if I want to make this a quick and effective process. It hailed on me and that’s always an interesting experience!